About the Artist
ARTIST STATEMENT 2020
Clay as Art is my goal and inspiration. The human figure, my life’s experiences, and images from nature fascinate my imagination; smooth surfaces, texture, movement, and contrasts are often incorporated. I believe my love for drawing, clay, and sculpture also lives in my work. I bring my 50 years of experience to every lump of clay; to shape from nothing, a piece which lives beyond myself with dignity and pride.
My love for clay began in 1970 at the Tucson Art Center while I was finishing my degree in Microbiology at the University of Arizona. The same year I met Harry Holl in Dennis, MA & decided then & there to become a potter, not a Microbiologist. My interest to learn took me to Anderson Ranch in Aspen, CO & then an apprenticeship with Harry Holl in 1972. I worked alongside Harry in the summers for over 30 years learning from a master, all things clay. After my initial apprenticeship I began my business, Sabino Stoneware Pottery, in Tucson where I resided the rest of the year and began teaching at the Tucson Museum of Art.
My intention as a potter was & is a spiritual one, to be one with the earth; to make from a lump of clay, something of beauty.
About the Process
I use all techniques in the potters toolbox: throwing on the potter’s wheel, hand building with coil & slab, pinching, and combinations of all four. Recently I’ve been painting with underglaze colors that stay brilliant at 2300 degree Fahrenheit. Also I’ve been making sculpted pots using repoussé, pushing out forms of animals & figures from the inside while the piece is still wet. My most used tools are my hands. The process is never complete until the firing, which determines a masterpiece or a failure. I built a large, 6ft. catenary kiln at TMA where I fire my works or at my studio in an electric kiln that achieves stoneware temperatures.
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Contact & Purchase InformationInterested in Purchasing?
Pricing Information: Less than $150, $151 to $500, $501 to $1000, Over $1001
You can purchase directly, at my studio, Sabino Stoneware Pottery, located West of the University of Arizona, 1019 N. Jacobus Avenue, call for appointment 520 624-5201.
Phone: (520) 624-5201
Sabino Stoneware Pottery
Address: 1019 N. Jacobus Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, 85705, [ Map it! ]
Studio Website: https://www.sabinopottery.com
Studio Phone: (520) 624-5201