BASS RIVER POTTERY
Wonderful Sgraffito pottery from Bass River Pottery. Sgraffitto which means "to scratch" is a carving technique used on pottery. When the carving is complete and the pot is bone dry, it is bisque fired in an electric kiln. Next, clear or colored glaze is added to the pot and fired once more. This type of technique is very labor intensive. Some of the pottery takes more than 8 hours to carve.
Bass River Pottery is hand made in America by Jeanmarie O'Clair out of her Hyannis, Massachusetts studio. You can view more of Bass River Pottery at www.bassriverpottery.com
HOW SHE GOT STARTED
"I Took a few classes back in college, but I kept falling off the kick wheel. Did a few interns in NY but they never amounted to much. When I moved to the Cape years later, I took a few classes in Chatham and found that I had a natural gift for throwing. Who knew?! I fell in love with the clay and never looked back."
Bass River Pottery also produces original handmade custom artisan tiles for installation and decorative accents for the home, workplace or any environment.
WHY SHE BECAME A POTTER
"The tactile attribution. Also the fact that I can combine art with craft. Pottery is considered a craft, whereas painting and drawing is considered an art. I am able to combine the two and make a functional piece of art."
THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF HER PROFESSION
"Being self-employed is very difficult to manage a business and raise a young family. When the season is in full swing here on the cape, I work non stop. I throw all my work, glaze, care, and fire. My studio is an open studio where visitors are able to interact with me while I am working. Many times I find myself directing foot traffic or discussing where the best clam chowder is. If I am not in the studio, I m carving at home. And then there is the tile side of the business. The summer time is not a vacation time for my kids. I am always looking to improve my time management and delegate work to my interns."
WHAT GIVES HER THE MOST JOY
"Knowing that someone enjoys an amazing meal out of my creation."
THE NEXT MAJOR PROJECT THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO TACKLE
"I just finished a mosaic floor for the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and a Wall Mural for Flax Pond. I would like to explore new spaces for new tile mosaic work."
All photos courtesy of Bass River Pottery.