Following Friday’s video on the collaboration between potters Tom Coleman and Frank Boyden, I would be remiss without mentioning another important collaboration of Tom Coleman’s: that is the partnership between him and his wife Elaine. Tom and Elaine are not only partners in life, but also in art, with Tom throwing pots and Elaine incising them with careful and precise decoration.
Looking at their exquisite work, it would be easy to assume that success came easily for them. But they faced the same conundrum most artists face: how to make a living doing what you love. As chronicled in The Mud-Pie Dilemma, building a successful career in pottery has involved major changes in geography, and in ways, styles and means of living and working. But, despite the difficulties and occasional setbacks, the Colemans stuck with it and made it work. Today, we’ll show you some of the Coleman’s work and talk about their working methods. Plus we’ll throw in a couple of the Coleman’s glaze recipes for good measure. -Jennifer Harnetty, editor.