Elaine Hardman Fun and Functional Pottery
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Looking down at me, she said, "Maybe not that hard."
I found peace with the kick wheel and when I held my first finished pot, it felt as though I had connected with ancient potters and clay workers as a member of some kind of universal order that extended around the world and through all time. I wanted to be a potter. I bought an electric wheel - closer to the ground and so much safer for me.
Clay is magical - soft, pliable, capable of so many shapes. It is worked, immersed in fire and when cooled, placed in the hand as a durable, functional item. In a world of disposable, cookie-cutter items, clay has an honorable role for its character, durability, variety and because it passes through the potter's hands to take shape.
Sometimes I’ve found a stranger drinking out of one of my mugs, discovered one of my bowls holding a salad at a potluck dinner or noticed pencils in one of my pots on a desk. Marvelous.
Elaine Hardman, Stoneflower Pottery