FORM AND FUNCTION
I truly believe that my love of pottery began at a very young age – playing in the mud. My family encouraged my interest in the arts from the beginning: “You want to play in the mud?..Well, enjoy yourself” they’d say. I began my formal education in clay during high school and college. I was a ceramics major for a few years, but eventually gave in to the pressure to pursue a career outside of the arts. Though I was no longer studying pottery full time, I felt that transitioning to the sciences contributed greatly to my perspective in clay. From the chemistry of glazes to the best ratio between the size of the teapot and its’ spout, and from the ergonomics of a mug handle to the volume of a pilsner glass, I was learning a very important lesson: there are two equally important elements of quality pottery: form and function.
What good is a beautiful mug if it’s not comfortable in your hands? Or a lovely vase that’s top-heavy when you put flowers in it? My goal, and in fact my obsession as a potter, is to make for you that special piece that you gravitate towards every day. The one, like your favorite pair of jeans, that makes you feel good because it is comfortable and it looks great. Every time I try a new form, whether it’s a plate or a pilsner glass, I “test” it in the field. This means taking home prototypes and using them every day. Only then can I make the proper adjustments to assure a quality finished product.
While capable of being there, these pieces were not meant to be displayed on a pedestal or in your kitchen cabinets with the fine china. I hope that you enjoy my work. Take it with you, throw it in the backseat of your car, carry it with you to work, leave it in the sink with the rest of the dirty dishes, wash it only when you have friends over. Use it every day. I would be honored.
Earth Water and Fire Pottery is based in Marshall, NC. My work can also be found in Asheville, NC.