BED & BREAKFAST Waitsfield, Vermont
The Story of the Naked Potter
Since moving to Vermont in 2004 and opening the Wilder Farm Inn Bed and Breakfast my work has evolved from a functional potter who dabbles in raku to a raku potter who dabbles in functional pots. From the first time I experienced the raku process, while helping a friend at a workshop, I was hooked. The immediacy of the firing and the elusiveness of the spectacular "flash" had a hold on me. I learned and am still learning from each firing along with a host of great friends that lend their experience and knowledge to my art. Having started with the traditional metallic & crackle raku glazes that most potters are familiar with, I started experimenting with naked (slip resist) raku. Steve Jaskwak and I heard about the technique and tried a host of resist recipes with limited success. Many firings later I have learned the procedures necessary for success. The naked process is varied and includes horse hair raku, ferric chloride and tin foil sagaar, among others. I love to learn new techniques for the raku process and it is always fun to introduce other potters to these amazing methods and watch their big grins as they see the results of their work.
The Naked Potter is located in Vermont's beautiful Mad River Valley across from the Mad River on the property of our bed and breakfast, the Wilder Farm Inn. The studio is a reclaimed 1840's post and beam originally built about 40 miles from its present location. The beams were taken down and after some repair erected on our property. The roofing, siding and finish work is being completed with our own two hands (and the help of some very nice friends). The huge entry doors were a gift from Drew University in New Jersey. My sister spotted them leaning against a dumpster waiting to go into a landfill. After much repair and some amazing locally crafted strap hinges, the doors stand as a grand entry into the studio/gallery. We have been hosting raku workshops for four years now and the summer of 2008 we will open the studio doors as well. This will create a great place to get away from your studio/classroom and have a chance to create in an area like no other. My work has been shown at the Broderick Fine Art Gallery in Freehold, NY (Frank Giorgini, proprietor) and the Perth Amboy Gallery For The Arts. My pots are for sale at the Artisan's Gallery in Waitsfield, VT and the Wilder Farm Inn, Waitsfield, VT.