Working with clay to create useful and decorative vessels has been a passion of mine for many years.
I create my work out of my home studio in Wilton, NY.
I am primarily self taught, and received what I consider my education in ceramics from Jill Kovachick, Regis Brodie, Allora McCullough and Jean Fei through workshops and classes at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center (SCAC) in Schuylerville, NY.
The majority of my ceramic pieces are of an organic nature with various shapes, curves and natural coloring. Each piece I create, either by hand building or by throwing on my wheel, is unique. Most of my work relates to one another in design, form and dimension, but each is an individual piece of art.
I enjoy atmospheric firing the most. Fortunate for me there are artists and art centers in the area that offer firings in wood fired kilns. In May 2019 I completed a 4 day Wood Fire residency with Jordan Becker at Salem Art Works (SAW) in Salem, NY, and have since fired yearly there.
I have also participated in firings with Andrew Satorius at the Okidokianagama in Germantown, NY., and previously with Barbara Reeley of the now closed Monroe Clayworks at Northeast Ceramics in Troy, NY in their kiln Bruno.
Woodfiring is a very manual, time consuming and labor intensive process to fire ceramic work, but the results are outstanding. I am truly in awe of the work created by wood firing artists.
I also fire my work in the barrel, pit and smoke firing methods from my home studio in Wilton, NY.
As with wood firing, it is a very manual process, but takes less time. I have have achieved wonderful results using these methods.
For many years to come, I will be a student of ceramic arts. There is a myriad of techniques in the world of ceramics - so my journey has just begun!
If you have interest in purchasing pieces from my collection of work - I will occasionally list items for sale on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/michelleoharepottery/
I do not participate in online sales currently
My work is available for sale at any Art Shows or Fairs that I am a part of - listed on the Events Page.
Thank you for your interest!!