I have been working in clay since 1970, combining my skill on the potters wheel with my delight with the animal word. I throw each piece on the wheel, altering it and sculpting until I find the hidden form. I use different firing techniques depending on the sculpture and function...a bulldog may require being fired in a high fire salt kiln to bring out the ruggedness of his features, a reclining cat may inspire raku firing, while a rabbit soup tureen may call for gloss electric stoneware firing for function. Most of my work, while sculptural, is also functional. The dog sculpture and chicken sculptures shown in my slides are actually covered jars, with the heads lifting off. The possum is a punch bowl, with one of here legs the ladle, and the cups are hanging on her side. I love to make soup tureens with the head of the animal the ladle. The pieces take on a personality and life of their own, and I grow very fond of them as they create themselves. They usually have a smile on their faces when they are done.
I have been a functional potter since 1973. With a Bachelors of Science in Biology, and Masters in Environmental Science, my pottery combines aspects of the natural world in the animal motifs and earthy glazes. BS Wagner College, New York; Masters East Stroudsburg University
All of my work is hand thrown on the potters wheel, and fired to stoneware temperatures. I strive to make each of my stoneware pieces both sculptural as well as functional.
Sculptural aspects are created by altering wheel thrown forms, incising with scraffito techniques and using glazes and under glazes to create one of a kind pieces for the bookshelf of the dining table.
|Allen & Helen Weichman | Groundhog Blue Pottery, Sculpture | Mountain Spring Drive | 570 629-0208|