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Occasionally I describe myself as a hand-builder at heart trapped in a wheel thrower's body. Every thing I make comes from the wheel, and I love the liveliness that throwing puts into the clay. But where i'm having the most fun is at the table putting wheel thrown parts together: cutting, coaxing and stretching the clay.

I make pots as much from a drawing sensibility as a pottery perception. Daydreaming with a pencil. Not drawing as rendering but simply doodling, then working hard to get that drawing of a pot to actually function as a pot. Profile is a strong attraction, and a sense of animation. My pot reference is most often you and I, our bodies. It's where my cues come from: dance, people seated on a park bench, the cleavage that forms on the inside of a bent elbow. But I want to stay in the pot's world -- if the reference is too literal the pot seems deflated. In my studio what I hope for are pots that have qualities of sensuality, compassion, humor and risk.


Nicholas Joerling
Box 147
Penland, NC 28765
(828) 765 5392

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