Monday, December 19, 2011


            Hello, internet. I am a young ceramic artist looking to make a life for myself with clay. When I am asked what I like to make, I say that I like to make dragons. This, of course, does not answer the question; the questioner usually means “Do you like to throw or handbuild? Do you make functional work or sculpture?” Well, I make some of everything. I want to try everything I can before settling down with one thing or another, and I am skeptical of the idea of settling down into too comfortable of a routine anyway. I like my mind to be engaged in what I am making, and that usually means trying new things.
            Although I am graduating with a BA this December from Simon's Rock, I still consider myself a student. I have a lot to learn, and I will never learn everything, so I had better keep moving even outside of school. In fact, I feel like it is time for me to experience the clay world outside the setting of my comfort zone – Simon’s Rock’s ceramics studio is my first studio, and feels like home to me. But there are a great many different studios out there, and different ways of doing things.
            This blog is one way for me to move out into the world and keep my mind working. I intend to take and post photographs of all manner of ceramic objects – those that inspire me and those that I make myself. I intend to discuss my interest in dragons, and how that has affected my work and how it continues to affect my work. My hope is that as I navigate the transition from college to the real world, I can document in an interesting and valuable way my reflections, progress, failures, and successes. I hope that sharing these things with the world will in some small way make it a better place for someone.
            Whatever it is that I do, I strive to bring more beauty into the world – there is more than enough suffering and ugliness as it is. 

1 comment:

  1. I just finished reading your posts thus far!! River, this is amazing and I can't wait to read more. It seems like a great balance of pictures and commentary for a ceramics blog.