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>>>>> A quick hello to SF Bay Area-ites: Did you see one of my ceramic designs at the fantastic Etsy Indie Emporium on the rainy weekend after Thanksgiving? Perhaps you took one of my cards and were too weary to loop back to my booth after walking the entire length of Pier 35.... If you have been thinking about one of my colorful sushi trays or airy air plant vases, wishing you'd bought it on the spot, please let me know by email or a quick convo since you won't find the same selections here in my online Etsy shop. <<<<<<

You found me! Most of the time I am too busy -- and happily so -- at work in my ceramic studio to do much in the way of outreach through social media, daily listings and the like. After all, I'd rather be making new vessels than at the computer. So I am delighted that you've come to visit The Curious Potter shop.

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  • Joined December 30, 2011

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>>>>> A quick hello to SF Bay Area-ites: Did you see one of my ceramic designs at the fantastic Etsy Indie Emporium on the rainy weekend after Thanksgiving? Perhaps you took one of my cards and were too weary to loop back to my booth after walking the entire length of Pier 35.... If you have been thinking about one of my colorful sushi trays or airy air plant vases, wishing you'd bought it on the spot, please let me know by email or a quick convo since you won't find the same selections here in my online Etsy shop. <<<<<<

You found me! Most of the time I am too busy -- and happily so -- at work in my ceramic studio to do much in the way of outreach through social media, daily listings and the like. After all, I'd rather be making new vessels than at the computer. So I am delighted that you've come to visit The Curious Potter shop.

I have fallen in love with clay several times -- the material, the process and the results. I dabbled in it as a child, took classes as a diversion from grad school on my way to becoming an anthropologist, studied with a great teacher while working in health care management, took workshops in between consulting gigs, and today I am lucky to have a tiny space at a great ceramics studio in San Francisco where I spend many hours making bowls, vases, mugs and tumblers.

Just like new paints, a fresh box of crayons or a skein of beautiful yarn, the raw materials of earth and colorants have endless potential for becoming something beautiful. When glazed and fired, moist and malleable clay becomes hard, waterproof and cool to the touch. Transformed into mugs, bowls, vases and more, ceramic vessels are small works of art for daily use.

Just so you know: I regularly use pottery that I make. Although I don't put handmade items in the microwave, oven or dishwasher, my studio friends tell me that they do - and think I'm a bit silly. For me, I honor the practical side of pottery by using vessels for everyday things and the art dimension of pottery by hand washing them.

The process of creating pottery is a wonderfully intense and personal experience for me. But it is not enough for ceramic vessels to live on a shelf, looked at from time to time. They are made to be touched and used. When you hold a vessel that I created, we are having a virtual conversation about form and function and the small delights of daily life. That conversation is deeply satisfying and the reason I appreciate the opportunity to present my work for purchase.

For more about my journey in clay and see where i currently am showing new ceramics, please visit my website www.TheCuriousPotter.com or stop by Ruby’s Clay Studio in San Francisco.

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