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I fire a 125 cubic foot wood burning kiln, which I consider a partner in the work. Although I choose labor intensive methods, I consider myself a production potter. I make functional pots and consider the user the final contributer to the work. In the summer of 2009 I tore my old kiln down after about 18 years and 80 fires.  I built a new two chamber woodburning kiln of my design.  This kiln can be seen on a link from my web site.
Since childhood I've liked to make things. Over the years I've made houses, furniture, guitars, kilns, cars, motorcycles and many, many pots. I have worked variously as an auto mechanic carpenter, furniture maker and guitar maker as well as a potter.

I attended the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, majored in art and studied ceramics with Warren Mackenzie and John Reeve.

The pots I make are sturdy, bold, and reflect the processes of making them. Simple decoration enhances the rich surface created by long wood fires. The traces of the artist's hand is both an antidote and protest to increasing uniformity. Impressions made in the soft clay reveal my tie to the work and to the landscape where it is made.

...On my workshop wall are posted two quotes:

"First thought,
Best thought"
Venerable Chogyam Trungpa

"Mind is shapely,
Art is shapely"
Jack Kerouac


Dick Cooter
2046 Fors Road
Two Harbors, MN  55616
(218) 834-5242
Cooter Pottery.com

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