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Marla Smith – Artist Statement
I use porcelain in a way that most potters would not. I make everyday ware that is as useful as wheel-thrown pots but not traditional in any way. What is traditional is the strength of porcelain and its clarity and how like canvas it is for true colors. While making my pots, I touch the clay constantly yet there are no fingerprints visible when fired and finished.
I want them to be classic and classy with a sense of humor. My intent is that they feel good when folks use them and live with them. And now I have found a terrific chocolate stoneware for enduring candle lanterns.
Marla is a part of the 3 Potter’s Studio, stop #21 on the 2023 VIVA Holiday Art Studio Tour, Dec 2-3 & 9-10, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information on the free, self-guided tour and an interactive map, click here.