What is your process?
All the pottery is handmade on the potters wheel, with the exception of platters which are slab built. Most of my glazes are from recipes that I've found and tweaked over the years so that they complement each other. I dip and pour the glazes to achieve the overlap of colors. 90% of my glazes are exclusive to Becky Pottery.
How long have you been making pottery?
I took my first ceramics class as a sophomore in 1991 at the University of Southern Maine. So, 29 years? I bought my first used wheel while I was still in college and my first Brent wheel in 1998. I now have two Brent wheels, two Skutt kilns, a slab roller and a pug mill.
What is your inspiration?
I love big skies and clouds. That seems like a weird answer when you see my work with all of the bright colors, however, what really gets me going is seeing where the sky meets the land, the horizon line. I overlap two colors and enjoy seeing what happens with that joining of the two. I also love being around bright colors, whether it's a wall painted red, a potted plant showing bright green, or wearing a yellow pendant. I'm also inspired by seeing what my artist friends are up to with their work.
Dishwasher and microwave safe?
I dropped my mug and it broke. Can you fix it?
Unfortunately, no. Anything fixed with glue will eventually leak or crack again. Buy a new one!
Do you ship?
I live close to South Portland and would like to pickup my pottery. Do I still have to pay for shipping?
Yes and no. You'll pay for shipping at checkout, and then I can refund what you paid for shipping. I know, that seems like a lot of work and kind of backward. But, people from all over the country see "free local pickup" and click on it because it says free under shipping and don't realize that's it's a pickup. It's way easier this way for me.
How do you get your mini vases so small and tiny?
There is a family of elves that live in the studio and come out at night and work for me. Just kidding! They are thrown on the wheel individually from a small ball of clay.
Where is your studio?
In the basement of my house. So this makes for some workaholic conditions at times. Also, my house can get super hot in the summer when I have to fire a kiln, and very snuggly warm in the winter.
Can I visit?
I have a working studio, which means I don't have a showroom space. You may schedule a studio visit with me. Many customers love to see the studio and the many stages of my process going on. As long as you don't mind dust, or a kitty walking around.