High fired stoneware is the most durable pottery made for home use. Fine Mess Pottery is fired to Cone 10, or about 2380˚ F, or 1300˚ C. I mix my own glazes, using no lead, cadmium, barium, or other potentially harmful ingredients. I don't want that stuff in my studio, and I sure don't want it in my pottery. All Fine Mess Pottery stoneware is foodsafe, ovenproof, and dishwasher and microwave safe.
We live in world in which most of the items that we use are either madein such vast quantities as to have no meaning for their makers, if indeed they have makers. Handmade studio pottery creates a lasting connection between potter and user and reminds us daily, subtly, of our shared humanity.
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.