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I make functional and sculptural ceramics here on the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.

Nothing captures my attention like clay yielding to the potter’s hands on a spinning wheel.  My primary clay body is porcelain for its luscious feel and bright white canvas that shows off surface decoration.

My functional work consists of familiar forms: mug, bowl, plate, jar, vase.  Because these objects are common to every home, I want them to have interest, to be of value to the user beyond their function. Most of my functional work is made with porcelain that is carved, pierced, slipped or altered in some way for interest.   

The sculptural pieces I make are fired using the Raku method. Raku is an ancient Japanese firing method that exposes the clay to violent temperature extremes.  The pot’s surface may be deliberately crackled from the intense firing process. Copper flashes can occur randomly.  The finishing techniques always result in a one of a kind piece. It’s a fascinating dance with the 4 elements that I hope comes through in the finished work.

Thank you for visiting my site.

-Maggie Anderson