ThermotropePottery

handmade ceramics from reclaimed and salvaged materials

Oakland, California | 1 Sale

ThermotropePottery

handmade ceramics from reclaimed and salvaged materials

Oakland, California 1 Sale On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars (1)

Announcement   Hi folks!

Welcome to 2019! I'll be steadily increasing my Etsy inventory now that the holiday studio sale season has ended. I have quite a bit of new work from that spell!

If you'd like to come see pieces on person, I sell out of the Berkeley Potters Guild. We have 20+ ceramic artists and are open every Saturday, February - December, 11 - 5. Come visit at 731 Jones St in Berkeley, California!

For Etsy sales, multiple-item purchases receive discounted shipping at checkout. If you are located in the Bay Area and would like to pick up purchases, we can arrange a meeting at my studio which, as you may have gathered, is in the Berkeley Potters Guild.

Enjoy!
-Piper Christine

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Last updated on Jan 2, 2019

Hi folks!

Welcome to 2019! I'll be steadily increasing my Etsy inventory now that the holiday studio sale season has ended. I have quite a bit of new work from that spell!

If you'd like to come see pieces on person, I sell out of the Berkeley Potters Guild. We have 20+ ceramic artists and are open every Saturday, February - December, 11 - 5. Come visit at 731 Jones St in Berkeley, California!

For Etsy sales, multiple-item purchases receive discounted shipping at checkout. If you are located in the Bay Area and would like to pick up purchases, we can arrange a meeting at my studio which, as you may have gathered, is in the Berkeley Potters Guild.

Enjoy!
-Piper Christine

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I hoard rejected ceramic materials and turn them into weird, perfect objects.

There are two mentalities for the act of making: 'farming' and 'gathering'. Farmers have an idea of what they want to make and will seek out the materials to make it. Gatherers have a pre-existing array of materials and will determine what they make based on what is available.

I used to work at a ceramic supply store. A customer would come in to return a clay or glaze that didn't perform to their expectations, and such items would then be up for grabs. There were experimental glazes that the store would mix but never put into production. Other items were just unsaleable.

These are what I began to work with to develop Thermotrope Pottery. Then I started assisting a potter (Sara Paloma) who gave me her clay scraps. Then I joined the Berkeley Potters Guild, where people are getting rid of materials all the time. I haven't had to buy fresh clay in years.

In this sense I am a gatherer. My work comprises what I have at hand. However, I also farm for a certain aesthetic - probably one rooted in a rural upbringing - and I will select for that or else alter my found materials to achieve it.

...and sometimes I will just go buy more of the glaze I salvaged and liked. I will run out of the discarded minerals that improve the ugly discarded glaze, and I will go buy more of those minerals.

In the gatherer sense, though, I come from not wanting materials to go to waste. It is fascinating to trace the international origins of a mineral through the elaborate refining process that leads to ceramic feasibility. The potential of a material is so close to being reached at the point where it is most often discarded, only lacking creative application and a kiln firing or two.

These are thermotropic materials.

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