Mary Weisgram

Ames, IA

ARTIST'S STATMENT

I am a functional potter in stoneware and porcelain, working in a tradition we all share and on a scale useful to most people on a daily level. This is still a valid orientation in contemporary crafts. My intention is for the work to be integrated in all aspects: neither technique, form, nor decoration becoming the main emphasis of the work.

I like repeat throwing both for the natural rhythm of work style and for the way it enables me to unconsciously personalize the forms. For these same reasons I work with a limited color palette and with relatively few forms at a time. I like the challenge and freedom of working within these limits.

One group of pots leads to another, changing subtly with mood and experience, exposing the richness of variety possible while working within a theme.