Johnson & Ruth Cohen
MUD AND FIRE POTTERS
As clay yields to a potter’s touch on a spinning wheel, it is
transformed from a lump of earth into a drinking vessel, a vase
or perhaps a sculpture.
Altering wheel-thrown shapes and sometimes synthesizing additional
segments within the scope of the work, has intrigued and inspired
us. The effect creates a tension within the form, drawing focus
inward and upward. It is an effective way to transition between
functional pottery and pure sculptural form, capitalizing on the
organic and authentic nature of the materials and the wood-firing
process. Archie’s recent work, explores ways to augment this evolution
by creating negative space within some pieces, allowing light
to penetrate and sustain the original form.
wood-firing, the unpredictable and whimsical flame transforms
pottery with understated as well as dramatic nuances of color,
atmospheric flashing (Jack Troy), patterns, ash and texture. Function
and beauty are evermore intertwined.
Working in clay reminds us of our early years. On Friday evenings
Archie played with clay with no rules to inhibit him. After a
downpour Ruth created new masterpieces out of mud. Our imaginations
were allowed to go wild. Decades later this would lead us to Pratt
Institute in NYC and being schooled in the endless possibilities
of clay. We’ve been mesmerized since.
A potter is one of the few people left who
natural faculties of heart, head, and hand in balance
– the whole man. His is a way of life. Good pots require
the ardour of vocation and the devotion of a lifetime.
(quoted in: Out of the Fire – The Film)
Our studio is located at 1002 Bow Bridge Road in Little Meadows,
PA, just one mile east of State Route 858. A large stone bearing
our insignia is on our side of the road. We can be contacted at
(570)623-3335 and email@example.com.
At your leisure, we hope you will peruse our website, www.mudandfirepotters.com
and find us on facebook.