About Insomnia Pottery
Nearly ten years and two kilns later, I still love the beautiful surface that salt firing can impart to high fire pottery. My work has changed a lot during those years, but is still essentially functional, and making it remains my path to studio bliss.
Hand built pottery starts out as flat slab – easy to stamp and texture with latex mats that I have made myself. I also make all my own stamps – any clay will do, just dry, cut, carve, and bisque. I try to put a few new ones in every bisque load.
With every firing, there are new possibilities for learning; chance combinations of clay, slip, and glaze, that can be incorporated into the design of the next series of pots.
The unpredictable collaboration of salt vapor and kiln position, coupled with surface imagery and clay body properties, makes each pot unique. Extraordinary possibilities are revealed – artistic nourishment for a working potter.