Marian Van Buren
I’ve worked with clay for a long time, starting in high school when I apprenticed for a summer with a potter on Cape Cod. Even then, despite my frustration, I knew there was something soul-satisfying about playing in the mud. Now a full-time potter, I find the possibilities are endless: exploring the blend of form and function, indulging in flights of fancy, confronting the complex challenges of construction in my more elaborate, sculptural work, not to mention learning and relearning the unpredictable dance between glaze and flame. Each project is a new game, each day another day on the playground.
Each of my pots is thrown on the wheel, then altered by hand. I use both porcelain and high fire stoneware. Glazes are applied in many layers, each applied with a spray gun. I fire in an electric kiln to around cone 9, sometimes a bit higher.