Creating beautiful functional pottery has been our driving force since establishing our pottery in the early 70’s. Using the wheel, Henry explores the dynamics of each piece’s inner space as it is enclosed by its outer skin, its wall. Even simple cups can have some sort of spatial dynamics, rigidly confining or loosely expanding, expressing its function. Mary prefers hand building shapes from clay slabs, from simple tall squared vases and cups to complex teapots and pitchers, often featuring elements of the human form. Mary adds texture to the surface of most of her piece’s, followed by brushwork, in colorful glazes, of complementary images. Of these, we have a fondness for images koi fish, for birds such as egrets, herons, cardinals, wrens, and for the gallery of animals in prehistoric cave art.
We are truly restlessly peripatetic; we have had studios in Santa Cruz, CA; Albuquerque, NM; Charlottesville, VA; and currently Asheville, NC. We have participated in two dozen or so craft shows wherever we had a studio and have sent pots to numerous galleries, mostly in the east coast. There have been several articles on our pottery/studios (they’re in a box), notably one in ‘Studio Potter’ featuring New Mexico potters. Such a long time ago! And we have a blog: http://mrymikpo.blogspot.com