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Claypaws

 

 

 

 

I grew up and took my first ceramics lessons in Johannesburg, South Africa; I still have a couple of those pots! I graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, studying English, fine art and art history.

After living in England, I eventually settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ann Arbor is home to a unique ceramics studio, the cooperatively run Potters Guild that's been going since 1949. The Guild offered an opportunity to resume working with clay, through several years of classes. A two year internship followed, after which I was elected to full Guild membership.

My work is entirely built by hand, bypassing the traditional potter's wheel. This gives it a solid, sculptural quality, with more angles and surface texture than wheel-thrown pieces.

 

Photographs by Jeri Hollister & Joel Goldberg

 

Clay comes from the ground. The forms, surfaces and colors of these sculptural works express their origin through an earth-based aesthetic. That can mean seemingly-random planes and angles, constantly-varying raw surface textures, and natural color combinations one might observe in a savanna or under the ocean.

Sculptural vase (front) Sculptural vase (rear)  Sculptural vase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visiting Australia's Great Barrier Reef inspired me to capture in clay some of the shapes and colors of that extraordinary underwater world. The result is an ongoing series of fish-motif pieces, both decorative and functional. I use an assortment of glazes to capture the play of underwater light on objects of different shapes and colors, viewed at different depths.

Fish sculpture Fish platter  Fish platter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I grew up and received my first ceramics training in Johannesburg, South Africa. Each year I create a limited number of African-inspired masks that draw on the cultural and design influences of my youth. Raku firing gives them the smoky appearance of masks used in tribal ceremonies.

 

Raku-fired tribal mask Raku-fired tribal mask Raku-fired tribal mask  Raku-fired tribal mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Claypaws Ceramics
Claypaws

 

Thanks for stopping by. I hand-build functional and decorative ceramic art in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a member of the Ann Arbor Potters Guild. The pieces displayed here are already spoken for, but new ones are always on the way.

 

 Please look around and use the contact form for any questions or comments, or if you'd like to see my current work in person. I'm also glad to discuss custom commissions to create a unique piece that meets your particular wishes.