Rustic, handmade, wood fired pottery from New Mexico.

Farmington, New Mexico
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Making my living as a potter, in the high desert of New Mexico.

I began making pottery in the late 90's during college. After graduating with a BFA from Colorado Sate University, I realized that I needed to learn a lot more about my craft. Several years of community college classes, art schools, attending workshops, teaching ceramics and decades of intense practice behind the wheel, brings me to where I am today. A full time potter, living in the high desert of N.M.

I opened my Etsy shop in 2010, when I decided to commit to making the best pottery I can as a career. My journey through clay has been a learning opportunity through all of my successes and failures. I built my own wood kiln. And after many years, I finally have a great working studio space here at home.
Firing wood kilns requires hard work, a lot of wood, patience and team work. I also fire wood and soda kilns at other locations to balance out the firing process, socialize and have more diversity in my pottery. Every atmospheric kiln fires differently and produces its own unique surfaces.

Living in New Mexico, I am deeply inspired by the crackly desert floor, aliens, trees and mesa landscapes. The natural textures and earthy colors around me are weathered and worn by the hot sun and wind. This rustic feeling is also found in my pottery. Well crafted forms and atmospheric firing make these pots exciting and totally unique. Carving the clay with images and textures is my signature, but sometimes I just like a quiet pot to showcase the flame activity from the kiln. No two pots are ever the same and each body of work inspires the next.

To use a wood fired pot is to bond with the elements that made it. Humanity, wood, fire, water, wind, earth, smoke and flame. Using a handmade piece of pottery adds so much joy to my life. I want to share my creativity and enrich others daily experiences as well.

To read more on my artist statement and bio, please visit my web site.

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  • Cynthia McDowell

    Owner, Maker, Customer Service

    I’m a wife to a professional outdoorsman, and I am also a full time potter. Working with pottery everyday in my studio is both therapeutic and challenging. I love to go hiking with my chocolate lab and husband whenever possible.

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