The Guild

Alice Boysen, Harper's Ferry, WV

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BIO-

I am a mostly self taught (if you don't count studying the fifty or so instruction books and attending workshops by the best potters of several countries) and still learning something exciting each day in the studio.
37 years ago, I started out throwing and carving through slips on a speckled stoneware in the style of Charles Counts.
The exteriors were done in a soft matte white glaze and the interiors were shiny colored glazes.
Then came a white stoneware clay which would not behave the way I wanted it to.
It has taken several years to find the right stoneware clay to show carved lines through colors.
Glazes are now applied with a sprayer so I can layer color on color to achieve a richness not available any other way.
I have been working with flat pieces for several years, after attending a fabulous workshop with Ellen Curran, at her beautiful oregon home and studio.
These trays, plates and dishes are heavily embellished with many carved designs and pressed cut-outs, so they remain individual pieces within a theme.
As an admirer of Tom Coleman and his wife, Elaine, I have obtained a quantity of his porcelain and plan to throw pots again.
I am hoping that I can produce thin pieces which will allow light to pass through the walls like the finest porcelain.
I have recently become a member of the new potters guild of west coast Florida so I will have a place to grow and learn during my winters in St. Petersburg.