richardaernipottery

Functional pottery, with subtlety and depth

Rochester, New York On Etsy since 2007

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richardaernipottery

Functional pottery, with subtlety and depth

Rochester, New York | 191 Sales

Announcement    Welcome to my gallery! I have been a full-time potter for over 40 years, working every day in the studio making things that please me as much as I hope they will please you.

When I began in 1974, I was fresh out of stints working in, managing, and then owning vegetarian restaurants, as well as helping to manage an organic co-op. I believed, and still do, that work with meaning helps to change you, and perhaps even the world, a bit at a time. Working with clay, one pot at a time, keeps my world in perspective, and allows me to connect with like-minded people all around. Over the years many of my customers have become my friends. This is a very user-friendly career! If you are unable to visit my booth at any of the craft shows I exhibit at during the year, or stop by my Rochester, NY studio and showroom, I hope you’ll be able to experience some of the joy I get out of my daily work by looking through these pots on display.

All of my pots are made from high-fired stoneware, a rugged clay that can withstand the rigors or daily use. I throw most of my pots, glaze them using wood ash and other glazes that I have developed over the years, and fire them either in a gas kiln of my design and construction, or more recently, in an electric kiln. The ash glazes develop their signature rivulet patterns during the last couple hundred degrees of their stay in the kiln, from about 2200-2400 degrees F, and those patterns, combined with the slip decorating I do on the wet clay, and the interaction with the other glazes I use, create a piece that refers to the natural world around us, without my actually trying to depict that world. I aim for my pieces to show my love of classic design, while reflecting my deep regard for our planet.

Making pots has truly combined many of my loves…the love of the earth that comes from my experiences growing fruits and vegetables, as well as my geology studies at university; the love of the limited-edition, hand-made object, and my love of cooking.

Enjoy your visit here, and if you want to learn more about my pots or about me, please stop by my website: www.richardaerni.com .

Thanks!

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 30, 2020

Welcome to my gallery! I have been a full-time potter for over 40 years, working every day in the studio making things that please me as much as I hope they will please you.

When I began in 1974, I was fresh out of stints working in, managing, and then owning vegetarian restaurants, as well as helping to manage an organic co-op. I believed, and still do, that work with meaning helps to change you, and perhaps even the world, a bit at a time. Working with clay, one pot at a time, keeps my world in perspective, and allows me to connect with like-minded people all around. Over the years many of my customers have become my friends. This is a very user-friendly career! If you are unable to visit my booth at any of the craft shows I exhibit at during the year, or stop by my Rochester, NY studio and showroom, I hope you’ll be able to experience some of the joy I get out of my daily work by looking through these pots on display.

All of my pots are made from high-fired stoneware, a rugged clay that can withstand the rigors or daily use. I throw most of my pots, glaze them using wood ash and other glazes that I have developed over the years, and fire them either in a gas kiln of my design and construction, or more recently, in an electric kiln. The ash glazes develop their signature rivulet patterns during the last couple hundred degrees of their stay in the kiln, from about 2200-2400 degrees F, and those patterns, combined with the slip decorating I do on the wet clay, and the interaction with the other glazes I use, create a piece that refers to the natural world around us, without my actually trying to depict that world. I aim for my pieces to show my love of classic design, while reflecting my deep regard for our planet.

Making pots has truly combined many of my loves…the love of the earth that comes from my experiences growing fruits and vegetables, as well as my geology studies at university; the love of the limited-edition, hand-made object, and my love of cooking.

Enjoy your visit here, and if you want to learn more about my pots or about me, please stop by my website: www.richardaerni.com .

Thanks!

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About richardaernipottery

Sales 191
On Etsy since 2007

Handmade pottery for the table and around the house

I came to clay by accident. After a New Year’s Eve party in the early 1970’s, the room in which I had been told I could sleep turned into a gallery of wood-fired pots at first light. The colors and textures of the glazes captivated me. A couple of years later, when I found some free time from the restaurant in which I was part owner, I took a class at the local pottery…six weeks of Tuesday nights, 6-9 pm…it was enough to hook me.

Though I have no formal education in clay, or art for that matter, I have managed to make my living as a potter for over forty years. It has been my good fortune to share the company and talents of many an accomplished potter on my journey to competency in clay. All of them have left their mark on me, as have the many mistakes and false starts I have made along the way.

Eventually I discovered the processes that have marked the parameters of my work—ash glazes and single firing. I feel in tune with the patterns and textures the ash creates, and the decision to single fire led me down paths which have greatly influenced the way that I visualize, form, and finish the pots. The look of the ash glazes has not paled over the thirty nine years I have worked with them. They have changed along the way, and change still, and that search for, and exploration of their nature is part of the joy and challenge I find in clay.

I work alone in the studio, doing everything from unloading the clay off the truck to packing and shipping the pots as they come out of the kiln. The rhythms of the studio, the pace of potting, are things that I have grown accustomed to and love. The lifestyle of the potter, where the work never stops, but which also leaves time to cook, garden, and attend to the many details of family life, is one of the great benefits I enjoy. The knowledge that the pots I make go out into the world, into the lives of those who choose them, still leaves me with deep feelings of gratitude and humility.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 14, 2011

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I will refund or credit any purchase when the buyer expresses dissatisfaction. I want my buyers to be happy buyers!
Payment
As of 6/2/08, due to New York State law, all purchasers must add 8% sales tax. Very sorry about this, but it's the law.
Shipping
I pack carefully, with biodegradeable and/or recycled materials. Please notify me immediately if there is any damage to your item. I will ship in the most cost effective way, with time in mind. Often this is USPS Priority Mail. Sometimes it is Parcel Post, depending on the size of the box. Please let me know if you have a preference, and we can adjust shipping charges accordingly.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do encourage custom work,if it fits into the general purview of my techniques and processes. Please convo me if you have questions about this.
I wholesale my work to galleries across the USA. If you are interested in carrying my work, please convo me and we can talk. Generally, galleries should expect wholesale terms to be in effect, not consignment, since as a one person shop, I can't reasonably service the account as consignment. Thanks!