As John Britt points out in today’s post, firing to cone 6 reduction is cheaper, faster, and the results can be almost indistinguishable from high fire.
As part of our Working Potter series, successful potter Mark Hewitt shares his approach to the handmade pottery business.
In my current studio work, the Factory Work Series, I am equally
interested in formal design considerations and conceptual concerns.
Each piece is carefully crafted with emphasis on elements in contrast;
most notably the delicate white figures juxtaposing the crusty
I believe in the natural cycles of the earth. I often find truth within
these patterns of life and death. While cities grow, wars rage and
industry climbs, nature’s pulse is just as persistent. Migratory paths
remain, rivers continue to run downstream, wolves hunt, and insects are
As part of our Working Potter series, successful potter Diana Fayt shares her approach to the handmade pottery business.
Familiarity evokes memory and I look to this association to present nostalgia through form. My reference to rural American architecture and antique rural implements places the viewer in a familiar setting that is layered with time, function and history while color creates celebration in these iconic objects.
We live in an era where indirect forms of communication have become standard. Cell phones, internet messaging and e-mail have made face-to-face conversation seem like a distant memory. Through my ceramic vessels, I investigate the important ritual of sharing a meal.
The physicality of the ceramic medium is an integral part of my
everyday liveliness and identity. As a result, it is imperative that my
work reflect this synergy. I define myself as an energetic, passionate
person, striving for balance and harmony in my life and in my creative