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Carla McHattie: Exploring the Intimacy of Handmade Pottery

Sarah Wizemann

Posted on November 05 2008

Carla McHattie: Exploring the Intimacy of Handmade Pottery


This Friday, we will be holding an artist’s reception for the exhibition of Carla McHattie’s pottery. McHattie’s work references the glazing techniques of ancient Japanese potters, who found beauty in the natural markings left by fire and ash from the kiln. Her pottery has a distinctly organic feel, thanks in part to the deliberate fingerprints and brushstrokes that add a sense of history and recall the humble origins where the piece began – that is, a soft lump of clay.

McHattie’s inspirations include feminine forms, fish and intimate gatherings, and her primary interest lies in exploring those objects that have function in everyday life. Accordingly, she creates work that begs to be touched and used, such as the ritualist vessels that hold our morning coffee and afternoon tea. Her reverential treatment of these sacred rites is reflected in the beauty and sensuality of her handmade, one of a kind pottery. Stop by between 6pm-9pm to have a glass of wine, celebrate Obama's victory(!), and chat with Carla about her work. We hope to see you then!

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