I have been working with clay for over twenty years. I enjoy how the malleability of wet clay shows up in the hardness of fired clay. I enjoy making things that can be used and handled on a daily basis.
Art is essential to our human spirits and I feel the simplest manifestation of it is with objects we use each day. I create functional art because I see the need for expression and aesthetic enjoyment in each moment of the day.
I make cups, mugs, teapots, bowls, and such on a potter’s wheel and then impress decorations into the clay using handmade stamps and found objects. I use glazes that accentuate the details I have impressed into the clay.
My glazes are food safe and contain no lead and the clay used in all my work is porcelain. My pots are safe for the dishwasher and the microwave. Even my littlest dishes can be washed in the dishwasher- they fit neatly into silverware holders if they are too small for the regular dish rack.
I draw inspiration from the natural world around me as well as manufactured details from architecture, textiles, and history. I also keep in mind my family, friends, and neighbors while I work. If it looks like as though various pieces are related, they may be distant cousins, grandchildren, or even twin sisters!
I live and work in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. The Catskills themselves are a part of my inspiration. Farms and farmers, the harsh seasons of the north, the comforting mountains which surround me, and the general way of life along the Delaware River forms impressions on my soul and adds to my work as a potter.
- Solveig Comer, Most Precious Potter