untitled pot, clay burnished, pit-fired ceramic vessel

Steve is a resident of Decorah, Iowa.

"I apply fire to my pots, rather than glazes. I do this because I love the feel and look of raw clay and I believe that, for my purposes, glazes hide the clay and give it a 'cold' feeling. I strive for warmth in my pottery. Unglazed clay that is fired to low temperatures warms up quickly in your hand. The shapes I use, the steeply sloped sides, and enclosed 'holes in the earth' mouths, and the gently undulating vessel lips all are designed to give an emotional feeling of warmth and enclosure. The passage of fire around the pots also gives them warmth because it leaves behind on the surface a complex history of the fire's progress, painted in warm colors and tones."

text and image from Iowa Artisans Gallery

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on September 30, 2005

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