Potters at the Mill

Julie Clark

Julie has resided and maintained a private studio on the Bear’s Mill property for 30 years. The historical and natural setting inspires her.  Clay however, is in the forefront of her interests. “Clay offers endless possibilities. My main interest is in the aesthetics of shape and form. It is my desire to continue to learn, grow and change in pursuit of these aesthetics. A fascination with wood firing follows this aesthetic in that it offers a natural finish that enhances forms, and there is an element of chance with wood firing that can be very exciting. My oxidation glazes are natural and uncomplicated as well.  Clay is soft, pliable, and spontaneous. I want to create pieces that somehow show that message in their finished state. My livelihood in clay is an exciting and challenging experience.”

Loretta Wray

“I enjoy producing pieces that are functional and can be used on a daily basis. I think that our society has moved away from the connection with nature that our ancestors had. I feel that drinking from a hand-made mug or baking in a clay casserole helps me to appreciate the beauty that’s all around me that we tend to take for granted. I hope that when someone takes a piece of my pottery home, they will use it and enjoy it, and not just set it on a shelf to collect dust. It may sound corny, but using hand-made pottery makes me feel a connection with people and nature that a plastic cup just can’t evoke.”

“Originally from Troy, Ohio, I now reside on a small farm near New Castle, IN. My love of atmospheric firing led me to building a salt/soda kiln on the property where I am currently pursuing my dream.”

Rita Wiley

“The reason I started making pottery 30 years ago, and the reason I continue to make it all these years later, is that its beauty and usefulness rely on elements that have been recognized since ancient times: earth, air, fire and water – plus the touch of the human hand.”

“Pottery, which was invented – or, I prefer to think, accidentally discovered – thousands of years ago, has always been simultaneously visually pleasing and useful. Although I appreciate and often make decorative pieces, I find a kind of purity of purpose in pieces that are aesthetically appealing and useful at the same time.”

3 Comments on “Potters at the Mill”

  1. Barb Craig
    June 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    What are your business hours?

    • July 4, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

      Tues – Sat 11-5; Sun 1-5 We are closed most major holidays but are open on the 4th of July this year.

    • August 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      Tuesday – Saturday 11-5; Sunday 1-5

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