I want to 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 coffee in one of her cups as I write this. You can see more on her Facebook page, and purchase her pots from 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 State Park is a 5 minute drive from Glendive, Montana. The name is Lakota for “land of bad spirits.”
Christy hamming it up with her beloved dogs, Rocco (lab) and Louis (poodle mix).