Andrea Akerib

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I make functional and decorative pottery, both hand built and wheel thrown. I first “played with clay” in high school, a little bit after college and then took a 10 year break. One day I saw a flyer for a pottery class and I decided to sign up and haven’t stopped since… that was over 20 years ago.

I think of myself as a wheel thrower. There is nothing more fun then throwing a large bowl on the wheel or making a bunch of mugs. There is a rhythm to making something on the wheel that is both fun and relaxing… though at times, it can also be frustrating but that’s what makes it interesting.

In the past couple of years, I have found that I really enjoy hand building too. Hand building has allowed me to explore texture in a way that is different from putting texture on wheel thrown pottery. With a clay slab, one can add texture to the flat slab and then form different shapes with the textured slab. This has inspired me to create my own texture mats with craft foam, and my own clay stamps and rollers. You will see these textures used on a variety of pieces in my gallery. I have really enjoyed the different direction my work has taken.

A couple of years ago I bought an electric kiln and am now firing my own work. It’s been a big, but fun change from firing at a community studio in a gas kiln to firing my own work. I love being in control of all aspects of the making/firing process. I enjoy making pottery that can be used in our daily lives and nothing gives me more pleasure then to hear how someone enjoys drinking their morning coffee out of one of my mugs.





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