If you watched my Instagram stories yesterday, you saw I’ve moved to working with darker clay bodies for autumn and winter. I do love whiter clays, they’re a perfect foundation for colorful underglazes. When seasons change, deeper colors and darker hues fit the mood, so I’m working on some new designs using blacker clay.
Everyone uses ceramics in their everyday life, namely our plates and planters. Much of the ceramics on the market you buy in retail stores is mass produced. No shade, it’s a big world, we need those products and having a set of everyday plates that are the same size, color, and shape matters. But we all know there’s something special about handmade versus factory made. I feel this more and more as I advance in my own ceramics practice. Every time I sell one of my pieces in my shop it’s like parting with a baby, something I invested my time and creative energy into.
That’s what I love about the community clay studio where I create and the local shop where I sell, it’s where one’s creativity meets the marketplace. Every time a person makes a purchase from a potter, they support a maker in a studio living their passion and bringing their vision to life.
I am inspired by ceramicists who create unique pieces whether formed by hand, thrown on the wheel, or made with slip casting. Today I’m giving a shout out to fellow makers and their unique black stoneware pieces, just in time for fall’s arrival.