February 17- 19, 2024 |
Pennsylvania Convention Center, PA

Kent Oaks Pottery

Kent Oaks Pottery

November 30, 2022

Owner / Potter 5 Originally from New England, one of my earliest memories is of watching a potter at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA. Seeing the clay lift up from the wheel into a small pitcher was mesmerizing. This is where my pottery journey started. However, it wasn’t until after college that I began taking pottery classes. Before long, I was helping with kiln loading and glaze making. After working as a lawyer in D.C. for many years, I am now retired and able to spend countless hours in my home studio.

Clay’s possibilities are limitless. There is always a new glaze to try, a new shape to form, and a new firing schedule that can produce different results. Working with clay is all-consuming with time taking on a new meaning. It is measured in kiln firings and coolings and pots drying just the right amount for the next step in the process. The outside world can easily become of secondary importance.

Most of my work is influenced by modern artists from the 20th century. From Gene Davis’s stripes to the geometric forms of Bauhaus and Suprematism artists, I seek to embrace this aesthetic in functional pottery. While some of my work is wheel thrown, my favorite pieces are slab built. Many pieces are hand-painted with underglazes so that each kiln opening is filled with an abundance of color.