Preview Gallery December 2014

Adrian King’s pots

Adrian continues towards mastering all the aspects of this complicated craft, and has made some truly spectacular pots this cycle. Sadly, he has only one more cycle here before heading out on his own. Of this firing he writes,

“The pottery that emerges from the depths of the kiln brings continuous excitement for everyone in the workshop. Each firing is an exhilarating endeavor. Even familiar forms and shapes seem to capture our attention and continually surprise us.
It always amazes me how one glaze can change to be two or three different colors depending on temperature, and placement in the immense kiln. This is the excitement that we work for. The controlled uncertainty of how the end result will be is an ongoing thrill that drives us to make better and more vivacious pots again and again.

The pots of the 91st firing are nothing less than amazing, and just in time for the holidays! Beautiful teapots and cups to make the perfect gift, or a small jewelry box as a little stocking stuffer, what more could anyone ask for the holidays?

Hope you enjoy!”

Jon Pratt’s pots

Jon has been progressing by leaps and bounds during his first full production. He writes,

“My experience this past firing has been a good one, in relation to my own progression as a developing potter as well as becoming more acquainted with the studio. During the cycle I have been refining my throwing skills, new decoration techniques, pulling handles and making lids.

Both Mark and Adrian are helping me to learn so much. I am still very grateful to be working at Mark Hewitt Pottery and look forward to the years to come.”

PREVIEW – Firing 91, December 2014

The hum of creative tension permeated the workshop this cycle as we built on precedent and explored new directions. Our new colors continue to excite us with their giddy exuberance, while the old colors remain mysterious and profound. These dual threads lead us onward.

The firing went very well, and we’ve enjoyed cleaning, washing, and deciphering the pots for this weekend’s Holiday Sale. It always takes a few days for us to guage what we’ve done, as if we are learning to get along with new friends. My big pots are particularly complex and luxuriant this time, with abstract shapes and strong colors combining to pique curiosity and stimulate delight. Mugs, plates, and bowls, along with the usual panoply of smaller items, are beginning to reveal their mysterious beauty.

Here are some fine examples of what adorns the shelves in the barn. We look forward to seeing you at our Holiday Kiln Opening this weekend and next!