Potter, Landscape, Ham

It's possible that today's post will be the first in a regular feature. Due to the slow nature of my process, there isn't something coming out of my studio daily, or even each several days, that is post-ready. So, today I'll share some objects (and a person) I'm inspired by. Potter Christy Wert and I have been friends for over 30 years, and she has been a professional potter for almost that long. She came out of the "Mingei-sota" ceramics tradition, as it is often called, and studied with Warren MacKenzie at the University of Minnesota as well as others in that tradition. Her work is a joy to behold and use. In fact, I am enjoying my morning espresso in one of her cups as I write this. She tells me a website is coming, however until that time you can find out a bit more on her Facebook page, and purchase her pots at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Christy lives and works in Glendive Montana.

She works with a porcelain clay. Her work is wheel thrown and hand-built. The designs are created with a sgraffito technique after the first glaze is applied.

Mikoshika vista

Mikoshika State Park is a 5 minute drive from Glendive, Montana. The name is Lakota for "land of bad spirits."

Potter and her dogs, Rocco (the Lab) and Louis