Kimmy Cantrell

College Park, GA

I use stoneware clay glazed with copper oxide and high fire glazes to create both free standing and framed masks and other images. Each free standing mask is mounted on a custom metal stand.

Sandra Byers

Rock Springs, WI

Exploring form and texture as they interplay with light is the current focus of my work. I am finding the twists and turns of mobius forms and their energy particularly exciting. Using fine, high fired porcelain, I form each piece individually by hand building, pinching, and carving. I am trying to find simplicity and calm in an increasingly complex world.

Lisa Belsky

Columbus, OH

Each piece begins as hand knit or crocheted fabric. The fabric is manipulated, shaped and then dipped into porcelain slip. During the firing process the original fabric burns away leaving behind a ceramic remnant or record of what was once there. The stitches, now preserved as clay, have become the structure and texture of the new object. A natural movement occurs during the firing process that can result in collapse, split seams, folding and slumping. I embrace and welcome these changes when they occur and view them as an important part of the work.

The Best Craft I Have Ever Bought with Rachel Smith of The Crafted Life

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you eventually became interested in starting crafts and living such a colorful life?

I’m Rachel Mae Smith and I run the blog The Crafted Life. I started blogging back in 2011 when I was overwhelmed with work and in need of a creative outlet. Before that, I had never used a camera or Photoshop, so it was all a learning process. In 2014, I was able to turn my hobby into a full-time job and have been running The Craft Life since!

Ryan & Kaitlyn Lawless

Detroit, MI

We are a ceramics studio in Detroit, Michigan, handcrafting porcelain wares that are simple and useful, built for the modern home. Balancing the precision of technology with warmth of hand, our ceramics are inspired by mid-century design, traditional craft, and small-scale, American manufacture. As a husband-and-wife team, each ware we create has the mark of handmade as they are thrown on the potter's wheel or slip-cast by hand from original designs in our studio.

Ryan Greenheck

Philadelphia, PA

A structured composition is vital within the framework of my vessels. The rim and feet of my pots are strongly defined areas, while the space in between lends itself to be broken down in parts. I incorporate a repeated pattern over the surface to assist in accentuating the volume within the forms. The surface of my vessels is constantly explored. Sensitivity in the glazing process must be attained in order to preserve the essence of the piece.

Jonathan White

South Portland, ME

I create sculptural vessels and wall pieces inspired by nature and industry. I work with stoneware, porcelain and earthenware to achieve rich surfaces and patterns.

Melissa Weiss

Asheville, NC

I make simple clay objects intended for use in one's simple habits of eating, drinking, serving, and holding. These objects have a life to them, a raw yet tamed look not out of place in the natural world. I strive for my pots to hold balance in a place of primitive, modern, and timeless aesthetics. To me, these pots have a melancholy presence that feels light. My process intensive work is made from hand dug clay to create a rich wild clay body that is apparent in the final pot. Layers of slips and glaze are added to compliment the clay as opposed to covering it up. My pots reflect myself, my own conversation with the timeless medium of clay. As I constantly evolve and grow, so does the work.

Ikuzi Teraki & Jeanne Bisson

Washington, VT

Utilitarian porcelain tableware and sculptural vase forms and wall pieces. Innovative oxide slips and clear glaze application allows beauty to also be a function of our creations. The work is thrown, slab or hand built. The motivating concept is function and creative drama in color, texture, form and weight. Mindful creations for mindful consumption.

Mariko Swisher

Lancaster, PA

I wheel throw, hand build and carve white earth and terra cotta forms upon which I design simple themes from the natural world. These are conceived from notes and sketches relating to my childhood fascination with nature but especially for insects, some from the Sendai countryside in Japan where I am from. The organic and geometric qualities of these creatures I then contrast with fine geometric patterning and borders. I enjoy the interplay of these designs and how they relate to or become the form of the piece. Japanese brushes are used for all glazing. Firing cone temperature 04 & 06.

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