Jane Peiser Pottery
I don't achieve that very often in my work, but it's what keeps me trying.
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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.
June 7-9 - Toe River Arts Council Spring Studio Tour. Open studios in Mitchell & Yancey Counties
October 12-13 - Spruce Pine Potters Market. An annual invitational show of 30 of the area's best potters, held in downtown Spruce Pine.
November 8-10 - Piedmont Craftsmen Crafts Fair, Winston-Salem NC
December 6-8 - 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