Thomas Hoadley, creator of the "Brown Florentine Bowl" in the Bailey Collection of Contemporary Ceramics, is a master of the Japanese art of Nerikomi. In 1979 when our Mystery Pot 34 was made, Thomas Hoadley had completed a degree in Studio Art from Amherst College, traveled extensively in Europe, apprenticed with Karatsu style wood fired potter Malcolm Wright, and completed a Masters degree in Ceramics from Illinois State University. The young family moved to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts after graduate school and Thomas set up his own pottery studio.
Bennett Bean was one of the most notable American potters to come out of the 1960s. Best known for his pit fired vessels, he continues to create art work in a variety of materials from his studio in New Jersey. Coming from a fine arts background with a focus on painting and sculpture, Bennett soon found himself in the mid-60s focusing on clay. Read More
As has been our tradition at this time of year, Jim and I wanted to share our favorite mugs with you. These are not new mugs you are looking at or mugs you could buy in a store today, but mugs we have been living with for many years now.
“I first touched clay at age 40 and knew immediately that I had been a potter all along. I love to make pots! For me, the joy and the challenge comes from making things that will become an intimate part of the daily lives of others – pots that will be held, eaten from, poured from, sipped or even licked from. For me the making of pots is a way to celebrate the mundane rituals of daily life and to make them holy.”
Summer is a great time to visit the Hudson River Valley in beautiful New York State! Between shows and family get-togethers we hope you will consider making a trip to visit your friends at Bailey Pottery Equipment.