Dawn Dishaw's Profile

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I was born in a small town in northern upstate New York, called Massena. I wasn’t introduced to art and ceramics until late in high school but knew immediately that it was what I wanted to do. I then went to Alfred University where I received my BFA in 2003. At Alfred I used my first handmade bowl and have been using and making pots ever since. They have become a part of my daily life, enriching even the most familiar of daily routines.
My work is about function and pattern. It is important for the pieces to be dynamic; to stand out in a world full of everyday objects but to also invite familiarity and intimate use. I am interested in the relationship between history, it’s grand tradition and our small everyday experiences.
I have always been an organizer. I’m attracted to brick buildings, tiled roofs and knit cloth. For similar reasons I find myself attracted…

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  • Joined May 8, 2010

Favorite materials

Stoneware, underglaze

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Dawn Dishaw Ceramics

About

I was born in a small town in northern upstate New York, called Massena. I wasn’t introduced to art and ceramics until late in high school but knew immediately that it was what I wanted to do. I then went to Alfred University where I received my BFA in 2003. At Alfred I used my first handmade bowl and have been using and making pots ever since. They have become a part of my daily life, enriching even the most familiar of daily routines.
My work is about function and pattern. It is important for the pieces to be dynamic; to stand out in a world full of everyday objects but to also invite familiarity and intimate use. I am interested in the relationship between history, it’s grand tradition and our small everyday experiences.
I have always been an organizer. I’m attracted to brick buildings, tiled roofs and knit cloth. For similar reasons I find myself attracted to Islamic tile and pottery, Persian painting and historical architecture. The patterns on the surfaces of my work are influenced by this interest in symmetry and the organization of like pieces. At first the patterns were an answer to a question. How do I activate the surface, to make these understated yet elegant forms seem less static? Through the varying quality of a hand drawn line, repetition of shapes and the addition of bright colors, the comfortable forms become more engaging. It’s about bringing an everyday object to the foreground.


All of my work is wheel thrown and functional. It is microwave and dishwasher safe. Since we want them to last a lifetime I recommend hand washing them. Friction in the washer can damage pots over time. They are made from a cone 10 white stoneware and glazed using underglazes and a clear glaze. Because the patterns are all hand drawn, they are very labor intensive and can take any where from an hour and a half (for a cup) to twelve hours (for a serving bowl) to glaze depending on the size and the complexity of the pattern.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! Thanks for looking!

If you love cute ceramics, please take a look at my dear friend, Abby Berkson's amazing and adorable pottery at http://www.etsy.com/shop/abbyberkson

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