BonitaCohnCeramics

Bonita Cohn Studio Pottery

San Francisco, California | 58 Sales

BonitaCohnCeramics

Bonita Cohn Studio Pottery

San Francisco, California 58 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars (11)

Announcement   Welcome to my Etsy shop! All pots are hand made, wheel thrown stoneware.

My art is born, expressed in clay. Timeless, subtle, useful and beautiful.
In clay are my feelings; into the deep center I pull: it becomes a bowl.
To make pottery is to give form to what I love.
Through my bare hands the body and soul meet; Spirit in a vessel, tried by kiln fire.
A collaboration of the four elements: earth, air, fire, water.

Announcement

Welcome to my Etsy shop! All pots are hand made, wheel thrown stoneware.

My art is born, expressed in clay. Timeless, subtle, useful and beautiful.
In clay are my feelings; into the deep center I pull: it becomes a bowl.
To make pottery is to give form to what I love.
Through my bare hands the body and soul meet; Spirit in a vessel, tried by kiln fire.
A collaboration of the four elements: earth, air, fire, water.

Bonita Cohn

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Bonita Cohn

About

Becoming Anagama Mama

As a child, I gave up Saturday morning cartoons to go to art class in Boston at the Museum School. I painted pictures of still-lifes, shapely vases with flowers. After class, I'd wait for my Dad to come get me, and had time to wander the place. I often visited the Japanese Garden, a beautiful, quiet place. In a case was a small brown pot with the mark of the potters hand pushed into the side. I was intrigued by this and stared at it for a long time. What a mystery this was, this pot appeared to be still wet and spinning. It was a Bizen pot. I was 10 years old.

Since that time, I have become a potter. I am making the classic shapes I loved. I am achieving that surface in wood kilns I have been privileged to use to produce my pottery. I live in San Francisco, on the Pacific Rim, alive with plate tectonics and Asian art. My work is inspired by the traditional processes of ancient kilns. This influence has channeled through me.

A firing at the wood kiln in Grass Valley, CA, in 1985, began my most serious work. Also known as “Anagama Mama,” I acquired a taste for crusty surfaces and have fired in several wood-fire kilns in California and Oregon. Each piece is conceived and prepared according to the conditions of the kiln in which it will be fired, be it an anagama, noborigama, or reduction gas kiln. I often add native materials to my clay to yield rustic effects from the flame. Wood-fired pots are like stones in a river, impacted on one side and quiet on the other, showing traces of life’s dualities which are expressed aesthetically by rough and smooth. My work represents a lifetime of work, study, and travel, seeing first-hand the way what we make is integrated into the human experience.

Shop members

  • Bonita Cohn

    Owner, Maker, Studio Pottery

Shop policies

Last updated on April 24, 2014
Welcome to my new Etsy shop!

My art is born, expressed in clay. Timeless, subtle, useful and beautiful.
In clay are my feelings; into the deep center I pull: it becomes a bowl.
To make pottery is to give form to what I love.
Through my bare hands the body and soul meet; Spirit in a vessel, tried by kiln fire.
A collaboration of the four elements: earth, air, fire, water.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
All sales are final.

If an item is damaged during the shipping process a shop credit will be offered. Buyer has 1 day from the date of delivery to notify the seller of a damaged item. Buyer is responsible for shipping the damaged item back to the seller.

Most items are insured. Should an item become damaged during the shipping process please contact me immediately.

Refunds and exchanges are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Payment
Payment is due at the time of purchase.

PayPal and most major credit cards are accepted

Feel more comfortable using PayPal but do not have an account with them? No worries! You can use PayPal to process your credit or debit card without opening a personal account with them.

Paypal orders must be paid with in 24 hours of purchase. If payment is not received item will be re-listed.

Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Card all accepted.

Checks must be received within a week of purchase or items will be re-listed.
Shipping
Appropriate boxes and packing materials will be used, recycling when possible. Items will not be shipped until payment is made in full.

All items ship USPS mail. Items valued over $50 are insured.
Additional policies and FAQs
Many of my tea bowls are made of naturally occurring California clay found near the site of an old gold mine near Nevada City, Malakoff Diggins.