Beverly Mayeri (Mill Valley, California), a recipient of $15,000 in the latest round of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.
Siddig El Nigoumi with sgraffito-decorated earthenware platter. Never quite as traditional or simplistic as they appear at first glance, this Sudanese/British potter’s designs can include the sting of social commentary.
Susan Fairhead (in the foreground) completes every step of surface design—like all decorators at England’s Moorcroft Pottery.
From the exhibition “Pitcher, Jug, Ewer” a $1200 stoneware pitcher, wheel thrown with vertical incising and “ribbing,” 17.5 inches high, by Val Cushing, Alfred University ceramics professor.
Pennsylvania potter Jack Troy at the firemouth of his 24-foot-long anagama in which “work is loaded in complex configurations according to the ‘fire weather’ in a particular zone. I visualize the flame as being a kind of cartographer, mapping the work with textures and color.”
Stephen De Staebler with works in progress.
Jun Kaneko with a portion of his “Polka Dot Wall,” approximately 12 feet in length, slip-decorated tiles with Cone 6 transparent glaze.
At work in his studio, Minnesota potter Jeff Oestreich finds ‘comfortable can lead to dead work.” He once was reluctant to make changes; now change is welcome.
“Fireplug,” actual size, perlite and ball clay fired to Cone 8 in a saggar filled with vermiculite and copper, followed by a Cone 06 glaze firing, multiple Cone 017 china paint firings, a Cone 017 luster firing and a final firing to Cone 018 for melted glass details, by Robert Shay.