I strive to achieve a lighthearted meld of human forms, animals and the vessel. These anthropomorphic figures are developed by hand building or throwing and altering the clay. All of my work is either wood or soda fired to cone 10. The atmosphere of the soda, fire and ash contribute to the spontaneous and unpredictable finish which gives the pieces a primitive, elemental look.
For many years I have made joyful objects with fabric and thread. About 10 years ago I also started playing with clay, and quickly fell down the rabbit hole! I enjoy surface decoration that may tell a story, and fire in electric or wood kilns. I make whistles, cups, and small sculptures. The through line from my fabric work to clay is celebration of the magical elements of the natural world, animals, plants, water. All of this nurtures me everyday and I hope will delight you.
Missy Steven will be a guest at The Alison Palmer Studio
Working with clay and wood firing is a way of life for me. It has challenged and nurtured me and transformed my life for 40 years. My pots, figures and wall murals are fired in the anagama (wood firing tunnel kiln) here at my studio. You can see the kiln, studio, showroom and work in progress.
Christine Owen makes pottery and sculpture informed by historic tin ware, Japanese functional pottery and the tactile experience of working with clay. The details in her work reference the rigid processes of tin-smithing and yet the soft nature of clay coupled with the wood firing process results in warm, welcoming work.
Will is striving to create beautiful pieces of art that are also usable on a daily basis. The idea is that if you are pouring tea out of a handmade teapot into a thought out mug, you will be able to taste and feel the difference of your tea. It amplifies the taste and smell of whatever you are going to enjoy, if that is a bowl of soup or a cup of coffee. As far as forms are concerned, Will seems to have a strange obsession with teapots which very in size from one person to ten person. That is not his only focus, for he creates all of the “normal” ceramic objects as well from bowls to plates. Once created, he focuses on Soda and Wood firings, which creates a unique surface that is nearly impossible to duplicate exactly.
In 1974 we built our 35 foot long woodfired tube kiln based on a design that dates back to 10th century China. Visit our workshop and watch the potters as they work at the wheel producing the variety of wares that fill this kiln. We always welcome visitors with tours through our intriguing workspace. Spend some time with us, ask us some questions, and get a taste of the potter’s life and art.
The pots I make are useful pots: dishes, things to serve and hold food. But holding food is not what makes them useful. The most important task of a useful pot is to generate caring. Most of modern life does not generate this emotion. Things many of us think of as useful or even essential – cell phones, automobiles, computers, fast food, microwaves – don’t generate real caring at all. We could live very well without many of these things. But we can’t live good lives at all if we are callous and uncaring. Being indifferent, unconscious, unawake is not something that you can turn on and off at will. We must either find ways of living that encourage awareness or face a loss of sensibility that is likely to seep into all areas of our lives.
54 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT 06796
Alex was born and raised in Westchester, NY where a love of the arts was fostered by the community. She began her clay journey while as an undergraduate at Plattsburgh State where she earned her BFA, focusing on drawing, graphic design and ceramics. Alex’s work is a meditation on memories and experiences, achieved through the medium and practice of clay as well as the illustrations she creates. Animal characters are used to explore narratives of self awareness, empathy and connection. Placing these narratives on functional wares encourages everyday use, meditation and conversation via routine. Each piece is meant as a catalyst for that exploration of connectedness through moments of quiet. While out of the studio Alex is a full time graphic designer and a passionate plant collector.
My portrait plates of people and animals employ a combination of slips, sgraffito carving and painting with underglazes. They are idiosyncratic, don’t take themselves too seriously and fulfill my compulsion to draw. I also love to throw on the wheel and produce well designed tableware that is functional and decorative. I do all my production in my home studio with a beautiful view in every season, that sits at the end of a dead end road just over the NY/CT border.
I work from my home studio in Wingdale, NY. I fire mid-range stoneware in my electric kiln and also high-fire stoneware in wood and soda kilns at the Alison Palmer Studio in Kent, CT. I am drawn to simple and elegant forms and I enjoy playing with the contrast between a dark clay and light glazes and with the way some glazes interact with the dark clay below.