Sep 20, 2013
on the Tales
of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview
with wood fire potter Tara Wilson. The fly ash patterns on her
functional pottery often reference the worn surfaces of geologic
formations while her altered forms display a sense of volume often
found in the animal world. She says of the work,
rich surfaces of the vessels represent the natural world. Nature
also inspires form, in some cases quite literally, as river rocks
become saucers. Other pieces speak of this passion more subtly.
Bases reference the landscape, evoking a sense of space and
awareness of the land. Parallels can be drawn between geological
processes and the atmospheric firing process. Pots physically
capture and record their firing process similar to the way
sedimentary and metamorphic rocks speak of their
In the interview we talk about putting down roots, sustaining a career, and wood firing as a way to build community. To find out more about her work please visit her website www.tarawilsonpottery.com.
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