Sep 7 2010

Artist Statement


I was creating an Artist Statement recently which got me thinking about why I do what it is I do. It was fun and rewarding to stop and think for a moment about my process and what I look for. Here’s what I came up with:

“I work in clay because I enjoy the process and the end result. I’m fascinated by the ability of clay to preserve the playfulness of the moment as a vitrified record, which can then be something functional. As a photographer I have always been drawn to the imperfectly perfect. I like grit. I like rough edges. I like movement and blur. I look for the same thing with clay.

I walk that fine line of not enough and too much. I want my pieces to be worked on just enough to preserve the freshness of the moment, yet to be refined enough to be a joy to use everyday.

Currently, I’m exploring making functional pottery using the process of wood-fire as it produces unpredictable results that I find fascinating. I love this process-oriented way to finish my work as it lends a quality of warmth which when combined with good food and company – can’t be beat. However, I’m challenged by the many variables to work with, and not to mention the loss-rate necessitates a healthy un-attachment to individual pieces.

Thanks for reading, Austin
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Jul 27 2010

Merry Christmas!


Hard to go wrong when you get a letter that says “GOOD NEWS!” One of the pieces I submitted to “Strictly Functional Pottery National” was accepted. I used my old Christmas return address stickers and some wise-guy from the Market House Craft Center put Merry Christmas on the outside of my envelope. Thank you Mickey for encouraging me to submit work. Here’s the mug that made the cut…woot woot!

Strictly Functional Pottery National: A national juried competition to select 95-100 quality pieces of functional pottery for this exhibition. It has been held annually since 1993, and is open free of charge to the public for one month. It is recognized as one of the top ceramic exhibitions in the country. “

Jul 19 2010

Fan Pics!


May 3 2010

The Results Are In!


There are some of my favorites from the most recent woodfire! Thanks to all who were involved it was a great experience all around! You can see the difference in clay bodies from the left two cups. The top left is a lighter stoneware while the others are a high-fire stoneware with more red iron oxide.

Apr 22 2010

Bumper Stickers – Get ’em while they’re HOT!


Designed by yours truly; be the first in your neighborhood to sport your love of wood ash and wadding!

Apr 9 2010



It’s hard to go wrong when you take a sweet old Airstream Trailer and convert it into a gallery for selling kick-ass pots. The Artstream just finished a tour that included the NCECA conference in Philly. Go grab yourself a brewskie and kick your feet up; click here to see some really talented clay artists’ work!

Mar 31 2010



Gearing up for woodfire season in the Pacific Northwest! These pots are ready for the kiln, the wood ash deposited during the firing will glaze the outsides. Woot woot!

Mar 22 2010



Happy Monday! I’m gearing up to make some plates and was searching for some cool plate demos on youtube. Take a look how he grabs ’em off the wheel. I like how it gives the plate a little more movement than the perfect symmetry from the wheel…


Mar 17 2010

OPA Showcase in Portland


Mar 15 2010

Interesting Article on Mass Production


December 28, 2009
Going Industrial: One Potter Shares his Experience with the Mass Production of his Pottery

by David Pier Read Comments (31)
Why would someone who has spent most of his adult life pursuing excellence in handmade pottery enthusiastically pursue mass production? That’s the question potter/ceramics consultant/inventor/entrepreneur David Pier asked himself when he faced the conflict of wanting to meet high levels of craftsmanship and design, but still keep the pricing on his pots affordable. So, he explored the option of having some of his pots mass produced. What he learned from this experience might surprise you (and, if I know my readers, it will definitely spark some debate). In today’s post, David tells us all about his forays into mass production. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor. ***Click on image for full article