Pottery with Personality and Purpose

Featured above: Handpainted bluefish bowl with incised details by Shirley Gromen of Arlington, Va. is accompanied by her recipe for cioppino fish stew. Mundane modernity may have run the table, but anonymous molded dishware is sidelined as local potters assert their personalities in pottery, complete Read More …

Work from the wood kiln: Torpedo Factory artists get “Stoked” in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania

When you talk to the ceramists at the Torpedo Factory, you soon discover that they devote tremendous care to an aspect of their process that the public rarely sees: choosing the type of kiln they use to fire their work. Some use electric or gas Read More …

Shaping a recovery: Jamie Fine returns to the Torpedo Factory

“Flora,” white stoneware, copper What happens when a sudden injury threatens to sever an artist from her work? Back in December, ceramicist and sculptor Jamie Fine was forced to confront an artist’s greatest fear. “We were just strolling home from a local restaurant not 500 Read More …

Lori Ehrlich Katz juried into “Game, Set, Match” at Baltimore Clayworks

If you’ve seen the striking black-and-white ceramics of Lori Ehrlich Katz, you’ve encountered a beguiling interplay of elegance and functionality that draws the eyes of curators and the general public alike. Katz’s work was recently included in “Tribute to Ceramics,” an exhibition of non-functional clay Read More …

“IGNITE”: Carlos Beltran Baldiviezo fires up histories in clay

“I love working with clay,” says ceramicist and sculptor Carlos Beltrán Baldiviezo. “I love its history—both mythical and real—and its amazing versatility. Clay, being so malleable and supple in your hands, can absorb any information given to it and, by its very nature, preserve itself Read More …

“This abiding passion for nature”: the ceramic art of Susan Greenleaf

Photo by Greg Staley The drear of winter can cast a gloomy mood—but spring is approaching, and Torpedo Factory artists are both attuned to and inspired by the changing of the seasons. Visit the studio of Susan Greenleaf and you’ll see poignant depictions of metamorphosis Read More …