Brenda Werner's Profile

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My first gift of a box of NYS dug clay was the start of it all. Once I had my hands in clay I was hooked.

My pottery expresses my love of the outdoors and animals. I love nature's colors, and nature's forms, and incorporate these into functional pottery that will be used and enjoyed every day. The urns I create are lovingly formed, each destined for a cherished pet.

My stoneware glazes produce effects I observe in nature, such as the variegated earthy greens of a mossy Maine evergreen or spruce woods, the bright, intense blues of a summer sky dotted with dense, cottony clouds, or the snow covered deep sienna earth of the winter farmscape. Much of this visual inspiration comes from hiking in the Finger Lakes region of NY where I live or in other areas of the Northeast US. Patterns and colors that form in nature during each…

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  • Joined June 18, 2009

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Chocolate stoneware clay, found objects to make textures and patterns in clay

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Handcrafted pet urns and nature inspired...

About

My first gift of a box of NYS dug clay was the start of it all. Once I had my hands in clay I was hooked.

My pottery expresses my love of the outdoors and animals. I love nature's colors, and nature's forms, and incorporate these into functional pottery that will be used and enjoyed every day. The urns I create are lovingly formed, each destined for a cherished pet.

My stoneware glazes produce effects I observe in nature, such as the variegated earthy greens of a mossy Maine evergreen or spruce woods, the bright, intense blues of a summer sky dotted with dense, cottony clouds, or the snow covered deep sienna earth of the winter farmscape. Much of this visual inspiration comes from hiking in the Finger Lakes region of NY where I live or in other areas of the Northeast US. Patterns and colors that form in nature during each season give me many ideas about how to create my pieces.

I love the natural beauty of clay, with all of its variations in color and texture. My thrown swirlware (“birchware”) pottery highlights this beauty, as the only glaze I normally apply to these pieces is a clear gloss. This technique incorporates different naturally colored clays, which produce swirling patterns when thrown on the wheel. These patterns, reminiscent of birch tree bark, are usually unpredictable in design.

Much of my current work includes handbuilt functional pieces that incorporate textures found in vintage cutglass tableware. My stoneware interpretation of cutglass explores the wonderful patterns and detail of these pieces and reinvents this fancy tableware typically used for special occasions into something that can be commonly enjoyed and used every day.

I am a studio potter and ceramic artist, designing and creating unique functional pottery as the inspiration takes me. All of the pottery I sell is designed and created by me, in my Finger Lakes NY studio. I am not a production potter and do not mass produce exact replica items for sale. I do not hire others to manufacture any part of my work. All of my work is handbuilt, wheel thrown, or a combination of the two techniques; I do not use pour molds. Each pottery piece has a bit of love and unique artistry added to it during its creation, as well as some of the essence of the beautiful environment I live in.

I am always exploring new designs, so that you will always find something new to add to your Malloryville Pottery collection. Please visit my Etsy site often to see new additions. You can learn of new items also by checking out my Malloryville Pottery website at http://www.malloryvillepottery.com or http://www.handcraftedurns.com

Thanks, and come back soon!
Brenda

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