My love of clay started on the wheel, but since my time in the studio is so often piecemeal, I have found myself hand building more and more. These heart dishes started as a playful attempt at using up some random clay scraps, and have evolved over time as I have refined the form. They are relatively quick and uncomplicated, and a fitting Valentine’s Day project.
American pottery legend, Warren MacKenzie, left this world on December 31, 2018, at the age of 94. His life was a rich tapestry of experiences from which he created an enormous body of work as a potter. He also taught students for two generations. It could be said that Warren MacKenzie was one of Bernard Leach's most successful and influential students. After reading Leach’s “A Potters Book” in 1947, Warren and his wife Alix set sail from the US to visit Leach in Saint Ives, England. Both Warren and Alix had been studying ceramics at the Chicago Art Institute but felt something was missing in their education.