AndreaHillPottery

Handmade Functional Pottery

Saranac Lake, New York · 1454 Sales

AndreaHillPottery

Handmade Functional Pottery

Saranac Lake, New York 1454 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(310)

Announcement   I hope you enjoy browsing through my shop as much as enjoy making a muddy mess in my studio. If you would like me to make that mud into something for you to use and enjoy feel free to place an order, if you have any questions for me send me a note and I will get back to you while attempting to keep some of the clay off my computer!
Thanks for stopping by,
Andrea

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Last updated on Mar 10, 2018

I hope you enjoy browsing through my shop as much as enjoy making a muddy mess in my studio. If you would like me to make that mud into something for you to use and enjoy feel free to place an order, if you have any questions for me send me a note and I will get back to you while attempting to keep some of the clay off my computer!
Thanks for stopping by,
Andrea

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5 out of 5 stars
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x5uliieg

x5uliieg on Jun 27, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

They are a very pretty Dark Teal green/blue color with Dark brown accents. I like that they were hand made one piece at a time by one person. Every time I use them I will be reminded of the work & talent it took.

K M

K M on Jun 26, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is so gorgeous. It is exactly as I imagined, nice and big for a hearty cup of tea. Feels great in the hands, and it's reallllly difficult to tip over on a desk since the bottom is wider. The lid is perfect for steeping tea or keeping the contents warm. I would totally buy this again.

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There are several things that I make that are so useful I can't help but sound a little salesy when I talk about them. I don't mean to! I make them because I find them indispensable in my own home. This lidded bowl is one of those things.
Orders going out, I am so grateful for the support of my wonderful customers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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About

Of time, fire and clay, of a small peace of mind and fingers worn smooth....

All of the pottery I sell I make myself in my small studio at my home. I live in a little mountain town in upstate NY. We have a long winter and the heat from the kiln helps thaw our frosty pipes on many a subzero night. Though I studied painting in college my affinity to clay goes back to when I spent summer afternoons digging in the clay bank as a kid. Now my own children are young and playing in the mud along side me as I throw pots to earn a living.

Of all the things I make most of all I make mugs, many many mugs and mostly the same mug. I have repeated this shape until I can measure a pound and a half of clay in my hand within an ounce. The form is so ingrained in my muscle memory at this point my hands make it without me looking, without conscious thought. Occasionally I get distracted in my studio and accidentally make one! Still I look forward to making them whenever I get the opportunity; it is not tedious to me.

Making mugs is like a meditation for me, each cylinder is like a line of a mantra quieting my mind in the midst of a sometimes hectic life. The shape has come to mean peace. Many wonderful customers and friends have come to me with kind words about how they enjoy their mug, reach for it each morning, and look forward to the feel of it in their hand. I wonder then if something of the feeling of it’s making has gotten into these mugs. But no, people just want more coffee and these are big mugs.

I expect I will work with this shape as long as my hands can form clay. When I visit somewhere and I meet up with a mug I made years ago I find it strangely familiar, it is like looking at an old photo of yourself, the basic structure is the same but details have shifted with time. Fired clay is frozen in time, outlasting it’s maker and sometimes it’s use. At times I wonder at a given moment, perhaps 8 in the morning, how many hands are holding one of my peaceful moments.

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