Handcrafted Quality

Marian van Buren

I've worked with clay for a long time, starting in high school when I apprenticed for a summer with a potter on Cape Cod. Even then, despite my frustrations, I knew there was something soul-satisfying about playing in the mud. But only recently did I have the courage to step away fully from the conventional and embrace the creative spirit in me. And what a joy it has been. The possibilities are endless: exploring the blend of form and function, indulging in flights of fancy, confronting the complex challenges of construction in my more elaborate, sculptural work, not to mention learning and relearning the unpredictable dance between glaze and flame. Each project is a new game, each day another day on the playground. And while the act of creation itself is immensely and richly satisfying, my hope is that one of my pieces will set off a flicker of fun in your spirit, or a quiet moment of peace in your heart, so you can share in my delight.

At the moment, I don't have a teaching studio, but I do occasionally give private lessons. I'll be happy to get you started on this creative journey.

website:  www.riverotterpottery.com

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