IcyRoadPottery

Icy Road Pottery in Hood River, Tom Bottman potter

Hood River, Oregon
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Announcement    Now represented by the Dragonfire Gallery in Cannon Beach, Mossy Creek Pottery in Lincoln City and Earthworks Gallery in Yachats. I participate in the Ceramic Showcase each spring in Portland.

There is just something about working with clay that I love - the feel of it, the smell of it, the looks of it all soft and pliable and asking to be made into something.
I was introduced to clay in college. I graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English literature and a minor in art, taking lots of pottery classes with Dorothy Bearnson. After graduation, my wife and I made our living for 18 years as full time potters, working with the American Craft Council shows in San Francisco, Dallas and Baltimore. During that time we sold in art and craft galleries around the country. Our home studio was in Salt Lake City, Utah.
We gave up the handmade pottery business in 1988, and developed several lines of commercial stoneware, based on our designs, that we had made in Japan. That business grew into a gift ware and greeting card business that we sold in 2015. We retired to Hood River and I set up my pottery studio again. I am loving it!
We have a half acre of property here in the Hood River Valley. There is an old cottage on the property that we have converted to a pottery and painting studio. The electric kiln sits on the covered back porch.
I am making completely different pieces now - lots of texture and ceramic stains, inset colored clay dots and dashes, rich dark glazes. I enjoy imagining and making new shapes and forms. And enjoy constantly learning new ways to do things.

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Last updated on Mar 16, 2022

Now represented by the Dragonfire Gallery in Cannon Beach, Mossy Creek Pottery in Lincoln City and Earthworks Gallery in Yachats. I participate in the Ceramic Showcase each spring in Portland.

There is just something about working with clay that I love - the feel of it, the smell of it, the looks of it all soft and pliable and asking to be made into something.
I was introduced to clay in college. I graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English literature and a minor in art, taking lots of pottery classes with Dorothy Bearnson. After graduation, my wife and I made our living for 18 years as full time potters, working with the American Craft Council shows in San Francisco, Dallas and Baltimore. During that time we sold in art and craft galleries around the country. Our home studio was in Salt Lake City, Utah.
We gave up the handmade pottery business in 1988, and developed several lines of commercial stoneware, based on our designs, that we had made in Japan. That business grew into a gift ware and greeting card business that we sold in 2015. We retired to Hood River and I set up my pottery studio again. I am loving it!
We have a half acre of property here in the Hood River Valley. There is an old cottage on the property that we have converted to a pottery and painting studio. The electric kiln sits on the covered back porch.
I am making completely different pieces now - lots of texture and ceramic stains, inset colored clay dots and dashes, rich dark glazes. I enjoy imagining and making new shapes and forms. And enjoy constantly learning new ways to do things.

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Back Into Making Pottery!

I graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English literature and a minor in art, taking lots of pottery classes with Dorothy Berenson. My wife and I made our living for 15 years as full time potters, working with the American Craft Council shows in San Francisco, Dallas and Baltimore. We gave that up in 1988, and spent the years between then and now running our own gift ware and greeting card business. We retired to Hood River and I set up my pottery studio again. I am loving it!
We have a half acre of property here in the Hood River Valley. There is an old cottage on the property that we have converted to a pottery and painting studio. The electric kiln sits on the covered back porch.
I am making completely different pieces now - lots of texture and ceramic stains, inset colored clay dots and dashes, rich dark glazes. I enjoy imagining and making new shapes and forms.

I am using a lot of texture on the new pieces, accented with various pigments and washes. I am starting to use a bit of terra sigillata on some items, and it adds a wonderful soft satin look.

I also wedge Mason stain into my white clay body, and make patterns or images in a "loaf". I slice thin pieces of the colored design and impress into the background color.

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    My wife and I made our living for 15 years as full time potters. We retired to Hood River and I re-started my pottery making career. I am loving it!

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