Whether you're dealing with fresh clay or old dirt, pottery has a lot to tell us about life. That's what Susan Klein, a pottery artist, and Esther Read, a pottery detective, would tell you. I love watching Klein form the piece she's working on, and how her hands are so skilled and that her sense of fulfillment as an artist came only after she began building things. But I also love the seed that she plants when she talks about people in the future wondering about her life as they use her vessels.
That curiosity is what Read cultivates as she takes us through a few simple steps of how to study a little piece of an old pot that you might uncover in your own back yard. If the video interests you, you may enjoy the article by the same name that gives a bit more information. It appeared in UMBC Magazine in the Fall of 2010.
Pottery Artist from Gavin Young on Vimeo.
How To Be a Pottery Detective