October Pots for Membership
We're please to welcome the October Pots for Membership artists. Take a moment to read about them below, then pick up a piece of theirs in our online shop. In exchange for the sale of their work, the artists will receive a one year membership to Studio Potter Journal.
Tim Sherman is a potter based in Fredrick, Maryland. Sherman single-fires his work in his large anagama. He makes a wide range of stoneware and porcelain tableware: cups, mugs, bowls, plates, pitchers to decorative vases, jugs, and large jars. Although Sherman has control over the form and glaze he applies on his pieces, much of the final outcome is left to the mercy of the the firing process. Over three days, layers of wood ash land on the pieces during the firing, and eventually the ash gets hot enough to melt into an additional, natural glaze. Though many of the forms are similar, no two pieces are the same. Each piece tells a story of where and how it was packed into the kiln as the flame envelops and deposits information across the surfaces. Evidence of flame pattering on the pots plays a huge part in creating the aesthetic of his work, while smooth glazes and ergonomic features create functionality.
Alina Hayes is based in Los Angeles, California, where she is an adjunct professor of ceramics at Ventura College and California State University, Northridge. Hayes grew up in New York, where she studied illustration and painting at the School of Visual Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from California State University, Northridge.
Hayes states, “Poets use expressive language to paint a picture in the mind’s eye. Similarly, I use familiar metaphors, language, and visual abstraction to connect people by expressing certain universal truths. My work serves as a reminder of the human condition in today’s divisive climate. Using lusters, I draw attention to the small and create an intimate pause for my viewer. My functional objects invite interaction, and in some instances, I leave the surfaces of my work unglazed and sanded smooth, exposing the clay’s naked and stone-like nature---fragile yet resilient.”
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Jonathan Stein is a potter who completed his MFA in ceramics at Utah State University, in Logan, Utah. He recently established his studio practice in Upstate New York. He manages the Smithy Clay Studio in Cooperstown, New York, and teaches design courses there. Since moving to New York, Jonathan has been involved with the construction of multiple kilns and continues his research of atmospheric kiln firing. He enjoys the support of his partner, Madeline Walker, and has a heck of a cat named Phoebe.