Kaitlyn Duggan's Profile

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I make one-of-a-kind, functional pottery pieces using red earthenware clay. All of my pieces begin as a lump of clay and I use the potter's wheel and hand-building techniques to create my work.

The forms I make are simple and classic so as to give the decoration a chance to sing uninterrupted. While getting my BFA at Maine College of Art, I learned about the stains and brushwork of the majolica traditions. Through a series of glaze tests, I discovered a way of adding definition, color, and lines to my work using the technique of glaze trailing. Today, I use a combination of these techniques to enliven the surface of my pottery with a visual depth and subtle tactility.

My designs and work have have been coming through me all my life. I was born in Maine and grew up in a small town out in woods. My home life was…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 26
  • Joined January 5, 2009

Favorite materials

clay, fabric, dough, mohair, paper, alpaca wool, paint, colored pencils, paint brushes, handmade paper

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About

I make one-of-a-kind, functional pottery pieces using red earthenware clay. All of my pieces begin as a lump of clay and I use the potter's wheel and hand-building techniques to create my work.

The forms I make are simple and classic so as to give the decoration a chance to sing uninterrupted. While getting my BFA at Maine College of Art, I learned about the stains and brushwork of the majolica traditions. Through a series of glaze tests, I discovered a way of adding definition, color, and lines to my work using the technique of glaze trailing. Today, I use a combination of these techniques to enliven the surface of my pottery with a visual depth and subtle tactility.

My designs and work have have been coming through me all my life. I was born in Maine and grew up in a small town out in woods. My home life was always infused with doing things creatively, whether I was working on an art project, stacking wood, cooking, or working in the garden. My mom taught children's art classes in our home while I was growing up which gave me the materials, time, and support I needed for full creative exploration. I owe much of my ability to feel at-home making and creating to these early days of my life.

When I began making pottery twelve years ago, the process and purpose of working in clay resonated with an inner drive I had. Having work for my hands that exercised my patience and demanded a real commitment were just the challenges I needed to in order to feel grounded and fulfilled. I am blessed to feel at home with my work. And now, I live on a small, beautiful island off the coast of Maine, where the community is strong and connected, and where the quiet winter days give me the peace and space to make the work that I love to do. I am feeling more and more at home here too.

I love getting out in the woods, in the garden, to the beach, and on the water. The rich colors and patterned designs I use on my pottery are inspired by the plants, vegetables, and flowers that draw my attention in these places. When I am not in the studio or out in the elements, I can most likely be found in the kitchen. I draw so much satisfaction from cooking and making meals especially when I can use locally produced food. I love being connected to my surroundings through what I eat. The ultimate pleasure is when I can enjoy these meals on handmade pottery made by my favorite potters. At these moments, I am connected with those who inspire me and who also have found work that is real. When I use handmade pottery, I am reminded of the care and patience of the slow deliberate speed of handmade. I so treasure these tokens of time and love that keep my hands and my tea warm. They are a gift not only to encourage a sense of connectedness, but to to provide a model of living that counteracts the mass-produced products of a fast-paced industrialized society.

My hope is that the colors and designs I work with invite into the user's life the same joy and pleasure that I experience as I make the work that I love.

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