Jane Herold bowing handles on jugs in her studio, Palisades, New York. Photo by Susan Stava.
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Jane Herold

Jane Herold has been making wheel-thrown, wood-fired dinnerware and other pottery for over thirty years in Palisades, New York.  Recently, she has begun gas firing as well. All of her work is intended for everyday use and making every meal a pleasure.  Jane was Michael Cardew’s last apprentice. Watch a video of Jane in her studio.


Jane Herold. Dinner Plate, 2015. Stoneware with white glaze, 0.5 x 11 in. Photograph by Signe Birck. Food by Bryce Shuman of Betony.
My definition of “useful” keeps evolving. I’ve long believed that a pot’s true usefulness lies in its ability to generate caring, to inspire a cook to greater effort, to offer comfort and company in a cup of tea, to cause someone to pause and take note of a particular moment on a particular day.
Title Page Image Vol. 33 No. 2, 2005, p. 70
The pots I make are useful pots: Dishes, things to serve and hold food. But holding food is not what makes them useful.
There is a sort of family of potters who apprenticed to Michael Cardew, some at Winchcombe, many in Nigeria, and others at Wenford Bridge in Cornwall, England. Their pots seem related, too. Like any family, there are branches that grow close together, shoots that take off in other directions, and even relatives who don't talk to each other.