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I took my first pottery class 20 years ago at a community art center. In 2002 I walked out of Hamilton College with a studio art degree in ceramics. After various apprenticeships, teaching jobs, and studio manager positions, I am now able to concentrate on what I do best: making pots.

I love the rhythm of throwing. The way the time can be measured in pots thrown, or handles pulled.

I love using my whole self to make pottery. There is a pleasant ache to my muscles after a long day, but potting also requires keeping my mind busy solving the next glaze chemistry puzzle, and my eye designing the harmonious curve of the next piece to come off the wheel.

One of the reasons that I run my own studio, rather than working in a group space, is that it allows me to be as…

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  • Joined April 15, 2006

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Miller 45 stoneware clay and milled dark rutile

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Pate Ceramics

About

I took my first pottery class 20 years ago at a community art center. In 2002 I walked out of Hamilton College with a studio art degree in ceramics. After various apprenticeships, teaching jobs, and studio manager positions, I am now able to concentrate on what I do best: making pots.

I love the rhythm of throwing. The way the time can be measured in pots thrown, or handles pulled.

I love using my whole self to make pottery. There is a pleasant ache to my muscles after a long day, but potting also requires keeping my mind busy solving the next glaze chemistry puzzle, and my eye designing the harmonious curve of the next piece to come off the wheel.

One of the reasons that I run my own studio, rather than working in a group space, is that it allows me to be as green as possible. I run my kiln with an eye towards electricity savings and water is used and reused three times before it goes down the drain. More information is available on my website. pateceramics.blogspot.com

I hope you enjoy my work.

Sincerely,
M. Furtak
Pate Ceramics

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