Pottery for Presentation
The interaction between food, people, and handmade pottery is one that is enriched through experience. In this class we will focus on the pots that present and the vessels that serve. Forms like vases, pitchers, baskets, and platters will be focused on, allowing participants to go home with new ideas that will enliven the table. Through the use of templates, texture, and color, we will work on forms that will be the strength of any dinner party table or quiet family meal at home. Some handbuilding experience will be helpful.
Jeremy Randall has been working in clay and making handbuilt earthenware pottery for over 20 years. He received his B.F.A. from Syracuse University and his M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Florida, and currently lives in Tully, New York, where he owns and operates his studio/teaching business, Rusty Wheel Pottery. Jeremy’s work can be found in numerous galleries across the US including the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana, The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and the Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. He has shown in numerous national shows including the Philadelphia Museum Show, American Craft Council Baltimore show, The Washington Fine Craft Show, Strictly Functional Pottery National, and others. He has work in a number of public and private collections, and has been published in national and international periodicals, texts, and publications. He has also had the privilege to teach at studios, colleges and institutions across the US including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland, Snow Farm, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Morean Center for Clay in Saint Petersburg, FL; and the National Council on the Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Providence, RI.
Familiarity evokes memory, and I look to this association to present nostalgia through form. My reference to rural American architecture and antique rural implements places the viewer in a familiar setting which is layered with time, function, and history while color creates celebration in these iconic objects. The vessel forms tie these objects back to the domestic space, enriching one’s living environment while allowing for quiet contemplation and a reminder of a simpler time.
Supply List: Bring your favorite clay tools, and a banding wheel if that is convenient (there will be extra banding wheels in the studio).