Rob Barnard throwing at a Japanese-style wheel in his Timberville, Virginia, studio. For the past 20 years, he has been “absorbed in exploring that space between…predictable beauty and its opposite, the unaesthetic or homely.”
Colorado potter Diane Kenney in her Carbondale studio. “Potters say as much about their…attitude toward their pots in a mug as sculptors do in monumental pieces,” she notes in her autobiography beginning on page 37.
Florida potter Glenda Taylor in her Vero Beach studio. Determining how much time to give a career and how much to family is a common dilemma for today’s artists-mothers. Time well spent remains the key to happiness for Taylor.
Svend Bayer at his studio in Devon, England. “Like all great functional pots,” says Mark Hewitt, “Svend’s planters, pitchers, plates, casseroles and jars…are active, not passive”; for more on Bayer’s work, turn to page 45.
Kansas City sculptor Jim Leedy’s link to ceramics started early: “My mother craved and ate clay…during her pregnancy,” he claims. Since then, “clay has been constant in my creative search. It has taken me to many countries…and has given me to opportunity to leave my work in many places.” An article about his life and work begins on page 57.
Pat Charley in her Oakland studio; an article about her pattern influences and silk-screening techniques begins on page 47.
Studio potter Richard Aerni; developing efficient methods (including the use of local materials and single firing) has played a key role in his success.
Ceramist/critic Sylvia Netzer with her installation “Post-Toxic/Neo-Plastic” at the A.I.R. Gallery in New York City; a review of her work begins on page 50.
Bobby Silverman in his Baton Rouge, Louisiana studio.
Leslie Lee in her Portland, Oregon studio; the portfolio beginning on page 43 takes a personal look at her professional life.