Willi Singleton
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Willi Singleton

Willi Singleton seeks to connect pots with place, a practice inspired by his teachers, Shigeyoshi and Tansō Ichino in Tamba, Japan, and Tappo Narui in Mashiko, Japan, where he apprenticed in the 1980s. Singleton established his own studio at the foot of Hawk Mountain in Kempton, Pennsylvania in 1987, and since 2012, he has been artist-in-residence at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.  He can be reached at picrepot@ptd.net, and followed on Instagram @singletonwilli.


Pitcher. White slip with creek slip trailed over ash/feldspar glaze. 10.5in.
I often think about how similar making pot­tery is to cooking. Recently I have been con­templating the parallels between the Slow Food movement and the way I like to make pottery.
Willi Singleton
My father accepted a job in Kobe, Japan as director of a center for exchange students. I went to Japan to find work as an apprentice...
Willi Singleton. Woodfired Vase with Grass Pattern, 2017. Hawk Mountain and Chesapeake clays, white slip, creek clay, wood ash glaze. 8.5 x 8 x 8 in. Photograph by KenEk Photography.
"People often think of art as the most highly cultured, the most disciplined, the most organized of human productions [...] but art doesn’t happen unless you let the wild in." --Gary Snyder