Andrea Denniston

Artist Statement

I am a potter. Making pottery that will find a place in someone’s home is my goal, sometimes a lofty goal. Because of this, I strive for clean, comfortable and well-crafted pots. I am interested in how and why utilitarian pottery has a place in present-day society. Through my pots I aspire to add pomp to daily living. I combine the necessary with the unnecessary – utility and ornament. In doing so, I work to make unique and engaging objects. My hope is that the pots I create spur curiosity in others by requiring them to look closely with both their hands and their eyes, as a visual examination alone is not enough. My studio working pace has gradually become slow and steady as I spend extended lengths of time on each pot. I am firing smaller kiln loads and spending more time decorating and paying attention to the small details. My color pallet tends to be bright, the colors of candy I enjoyed as a kid and continue to take pleasure in today. I want my work to have a light and lively feeling. Therefore, the clay I use is a grolleg porcelain that I fire to 2245°F in an electric kiln. This clay provides a very white canvas that gives vibrancy to my glazes and decoration. With each pot and kiln load, the choices I make in color, form and decoration come together to form a body of work that continues to create new challenges, questions and solutions.

Artist Bio

Andrea earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at Syracuse University. She focuses her efforts on making well-crafted porcelain pots intended for domestic settings. During her undergraduate studies at West Virginia University, Andrea traveled to Jingdezhen, China for a semester to study traditional Chinese porcelain. She returned 2 years later with the help of the Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship for a more concentrated study of qinghua (blue and white underglaze decoration.) Andrea has settled in Floyd, VA to pursue a life as a studio potter alongside fellow potter Seth Guzovsky at Poor Farm Pottery.