Potter, Landscape, Ham

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.

New Pots by Christy Wert, 2009
New Pots by Christy Wert, 2009

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 vista

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

Christy and dogs
Christy and dogs

Christy hamming it up with her beloved dogs, Rocco (lab) and Louis (poodle mix).

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Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

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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