Joan Sinatra Hathaway Artist's Statement
I work in both stoneware and porcelain clay. My work is made in my home studio in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. Most of my work is made on the potter’s wheel, but I also use a slab roller and an extruder to make hand built pieces. The work is fired to cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere in a gas kiln.
I often work is a series, exploring nuances of shape and form. I like the softness of clay and love pots that still look soft even after they have been fired. I like pieces to have a casual yet elegant fluidity to them.
Each piece is an individual, even if made as part of a set. I like to makes sets of pots and think about them as parts of a family. Like any family, the individuals in it all have a family resemblance, yet each individual has features that are uniquely their own.
When I work on a set of pots, I strive for the family resemblance, but don’t try to make each piece look exactly the same. The individuality of each piece is what interests me. The small differences show the human hand, not a machine, makes the pieces.
My glazes colors and applications are inspired by the landscape surrounding my home. I love color and like to combine many overlapping colors on my pieces.
I also raku fire some pieces. The raku process involves pulling pieces from a hot kiln and putting them in a reduction atmosphere with combustible materials like leaves and sawdust. The metallic and crackling glazes resulting from the raku process make each piece truly one of a kind.