Focus: The Potter’s Life

Our annual feature with advice, reflection and insights by working potters on how they balance life, work, studio, art, tough choices, easy choices, and how others might do the same.


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Work and Play: The Potter’s Life

Choosing Solitude
Jeff Oestreich, Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Deeply Invested
Silvie Granatelli, Floyd, Virginia

Small Rewards, But Who’s Counting?
Blair Meerfeld, Saguache, Colorado


Hard Work, Soft Clay
Mark Shapiro, Worthington, Massachusetts

Foundation Stones
John Glick, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Pots in the Real World
Ayumi Horie, Cottekill, New York


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Painful Truths: The Art of Greg Penner
by Braden Frieder

somewhere between fine art and kitsch, Penner’s sculptures seem cute,
comical and playfully absurd. Then you realize all is not well here.

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The Eight-Month Workshop: A Journey of Discovery
by Steven Hill

premise was straightforward: bring together a group of ceramics artists
with at least rudimentary technical skills and help them find their
personal voice. Piece of cake!


Reinventing Oneself
by Hollis Walker

many years of assisting with his wife’s skyrocketing art career,
Michael Lancaster returns to his own work and takes it in a brand new

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