These are headed to the Center for Maine Craft, for a show in conjunction with Mug Season, a fundraiser for local arts programs put on by the Central Maine Clay Artists. The show will be up for the month of April; the opening is Saturday April 9th.
I've been working non-stop all day and I still haven't gotten into the studio. I had hoped to get more done on the Maine Pottery Tour website but the truth is that project would eat all my time if I let it. It's only 3:30, so I can squeeze in an hour of throwing before I need to get ready for another fundraiser, this one for the Community Spay Neuter Clinic, hosted by Red Barn. Red Barn is a fried-food extravaganza, and I am supposed to be eating healthier following my post-KC weight gain (seriously, how does a person put on seven pounds in four days?? That's a lotta barbeque) but given how dear the cause is to my heart I'll just have to take one for the team. (Yeah, LOL. It's no hardship to eat Red Barn!)
Anyway! Let's see how many mugs I can pull in an hour.
Lori Keenan Watts (aka me) is a potter, gardener, and avid reader from Augusta, Maine. Though I started my university education in surface design for fabric, clay quickly grabbed me by the heart and redirected my creative impulses. I have been a potter for over 25 years -- hard to believe. The most valuable years of my ceramic education were spent in graduate study at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, under the tutalage of Dan Anderson and Paul Dresang.
My aesthetic is guided by my love of the material itself. What fascinates me and makes a pot compelling for me is the clay-ness of clay: the squooshiness that becomes the adamantine solidity. I also like patterns, unexpected proportions, and when the flame comes along and dissolves part of my careful decorating efforts! I am obstinate about this aesthetic, to a point which might be called pig-headed, but hey, if you don't like what you make, why bother?
My happy little family also includes my husband, musician and photographer (and author of the book Alewife) Doug Watts; five cats; and a turtle, all foundlings and rescues of one stripe or another.