Potter, Landscape, Ham

It’s possible that today’s post will be the first in a regular feature. Due to the slow nature of my process, there isn’t something coming out of my studio daily, or even each several days, that is post-ready. So, today I’ll share some objects (and a person) I’m inspired by. Potter Christy Wert and I have been friends for over 30 years, and she has been a professional potter for almost that long. She came out of the “Mingei-sota” ceramics tradition, as it is often called, and studied with Warren MacKenzie at the University of Minnesota as well as others in that tradition. Her work is a joy to behold and use. In fact, I am enjoying my morning espresso in one of her cups as I write this. She tells me a website is coming, however until that time you can find out a bit more on her Facebook page, and purchase her pots at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Christy lives and works in Glendive Montana.

She works with a porcelain clay. Her work is wheel thrown and hand-built. The designs are created with a sgraffito technique after the first glaze is applied.

Mikoshika vista

Mikoshika State Park is a 5 minute drive from Glendive, Montana. The name is Lakota for “land of bad spirits.”

Potter and her dogs, Rocco (the Lab) and Louis

Author: Kit

I’m a St. Paul MN visual artist, working in drawing, printmaking, and textile art.

4 thoughts on “Potter, Landscape, Ham”

  1. honey, I just saw this. You are SO SO sweet to do that. I am humbled by your comments. What a friend you are. Thank you so much for honoring me this way.I better get busy on that website, eh?

  2. Her pottery has a similar feel to your textile work, Kit-that beautiful simplicity of line and rich colour. I thought the floral design around the borders of the plate (bottom, centre ) were very like the fritillaries I photographed.

  3. I agree with Clare and Judith – lino prints sprung to mind – the sgraffito i guess (thanks for the link), and the similarity to your textile work. lovely. I particularly like the leaf plates.

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