Sweetland Pottery • Paul Steege
I make pottery, which is intended to be utilitarian and, at the same time, is pleasing to the senses. I am currently using a porcelain clay. Most pieces are made on the potters’ wheel with subsequent alteration techniques, and some pieces are constructed from clay slabs. The ware is fired to cone 10 (about 2300 degrees F) in a gas kiln. I mix my own glazes, which comprise a balance of matte, shiny, stiff, and fluid glazes, including a smoky gold shino, wood-ash glazes, and copper reds. By blending these elements in various ways it is possible to create stormy, watery, and arid surface-scapes. Many of my pieces are distinguished by handles I make from manzanita twigs I gather on my land in the Sierra foothills. This softer wood element compliments the hardness of the ceramic forms. I am supported by my wife, Tina, who handles administrative tasks, travels to shows with me, and frequently assists in kiln loading.
Although my work reflects forms and textures in nature as well as qualities I have seen and admired in the creations of people, I believe that my pots possess a style that is an expression of who I am and what is important to me. Values I strive for include simplicity, integrity, and beauty. It is my hope that these values are imparted to those using this pottery.
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Last updated on July 3rd, 2020