"I retired in 2000 and ever since have been making pottery. I have a home studio and mostly electric fire to cone 5-6. I hold an annual open house and sell my pottery at several local events. I donate the proceeds from my sales to a local food bank."
Do you collect handmade pottery?
"Although I don’t think of myself as being very materialistic, I have to admit that I like to buy pottery. I have a collection of pots that I acquired from local pottery studios – e.g., Greenbridge Pottery, The Lion Potter, Susan Greenleaf (formerly at the Torpedo Factory), Matt Hyleck (Baltimore Clayworks), M4 Studio and Mea Rhee. Just recently I visited the pottery studio of Allison Coles Severance near Frederick, Maryland, and bought two of her beautiful wood-fired bowls. But I also pick up pieces while visiting art and craft fairs or when I travel. Recently, I purchased several pieces from Mayumi Yamashita Ceramics in Japan through Etsy. I greatly admire the work of Anne Mette Hjortshoj, a Danish potter whose studio is on the beautiful island of Bornholm (I visited the island as a child.). She is represented by Goldmark in the U.K. and I purchased a small pot through the gallery."
Why do you buy handmade pottery?
"The reason why I buy pottery are three-fold: 1) I like to support local artists. Working on pottery myself I appreciate the effort that it takes to create a piece of pottery. 2) I pick up pieces that intrigue me as to how they are made. They serve as inspirations for my own work. 3) I just love a piece of pottery; that is, I either display it in my home or like to use it."
How did you acquire a Lisa York piece of pottery?
"I had seen Lisa’s work while she was at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and really liked her pottery. When I saw that she was giving a workshop at The Clay CoOp, a local pottery studio, I decided to attend. She also had a small show at the venue and I bought my first Lisa pot, a dinner-size bowl, which I love and display on my fireplace mantle. Subsequently, I purchased a teapot and a couple of cups. I love Lisa’s atmospherically fired work. I think how she hand alters her thrown pots and creates her unique surface textures and decorations works so well with the atmospheric firing processes – i.e., unique pots for a one-of-kind firing process. This is very much in contrast to my work using an electric kiln firing to cone 5-6."
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