This ceramics business started with a dream.
I dreamt of some patterned pots for a growing houseplant collection.
A community studio had recently opened next door to my office, and I thought I'd give it a shot. I have a history with ceramics. My dad made pots in our basement when I was a kid. I went to art school and took quite a few ceramics courses from some incredible professors. I attended a class at Penland where [bonus!] I met my partner, Cory.
One thing led to the next, and one wall and one Craigslist deal at a time Cory and I put together a scrappy, crusty, and glorious workspace.
Each of my pieces start either on the potter's wheel or in a plaster mold Cory made.
Occasionally I add handles or other parts.
Then the pieces is left to dry. When it reaches an appropriate level of dryness, which varies according to the weather, I paint it with a colored slip that I mix in house. Again, the pieces are left to dry.
When they're ready, I utilize a technique called sgrafitto and carve the colored surface away to reveal the naked clay beneath.
The pieces are left to dry completely and undergo two rounds of firing. Then I offer them to you, because I've now collected all those planters I dreamt of at the very beginning <3