Jane Peiser Pottery

Artist Statement

When human beings go from speech to song, something wonderful happens.

I don't achieve that very often in my work, but it's what keeps me trying.




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Artist Bio

After two college degrees and eight years of teaching, I saw a used electric kiln advertised in the newspaper. By the time the day was over I had bought the kiln along with a bag of clay and several bottles of glaze. With one stroke my life changed forever and I have been eternally grateful for having found work that I love. Now, at 80, I look back on the past forty-five years with gratitude for all the help I've gotten from my generous friends in the clay world.

As a self taught potter I have stumbled in ignorance into some lucky opportunities, such as being accepted into the early Penland Resident Program, where I gained experience with gas kilns and China painting. I learned about glass Murrini techniques from my former husband, glass artist Mark Peiser, and adapted it to colored porcelain fired in a salt kiln, which is where I finally landed.

As a young woman I taught workshops and classes in colored clay and hand building. Over the years I've given my formulas to hundreds (perhaps thousands) of students. Colored clays are like a box of paints or crayons—each of us works differently, as distinctly as we are from one another.


2015 Schedule

June 5–7 - Toe River Arts Council Spring Studio Tour. Open studios in Mitchell & Yancey Counties

October 10–11 - Spruce Pine Potters Market. An annual invitational show of 30 of the area's best potters, held in downtown Spruce Pine.

December 4–6 - Toe River Arts Council Christmas Studio Tour. Open studios in Mitchell & Yancey Counties.


My work is always available at my studio, open from 10-5 year round.

I am a member of Ariel Cooperative Craft Gallery in Asheville NC, and my work can always be seen there. See the Links page for more information about Ariel Gallery.

Jane Peiser Pottery
68 Beacon Church Road
Penland NC 28765

828 765-7123