Doug Hanson – pottery

I believe that most of the elements in an artist’s work today can be found in the art of the past.  It is rare that the artist is an originator of many new elements.  The creative part comes when those influences, both past and invented, are combined based on the artist’s interests and experiences.

For almost four decades I have devoted my art making energies towards works primarily in clay.  I began that career as a sculptor who made a few pots.  However, visiting internationally known potters, plus museums filled with pots while on a one-year Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in England reversed my production completely.  Since that year, with the exception of an outdoor sculpture commission in 2005, I have made only pottery.  Coming from the functional life of a Midwestern farm family I am sure had a hand in that pottery decision.

Those elements that make up my pots such as the sturdiness of the “Medieval Jug” with its thick rim and substantial base have become part of my pitchers.  The altered rims of my basins and platters grew from a 17th Century Japanese Shino Bowl.  Those Western and Eastern influences come together with the earthiness of the soda fumed skin on bare clay exteriors and layered glazes, along with smooth functional glazes covering the interior surfaces.  All these elements are combined to hopefully form a cohesive whole aesthetically, but equally important is the consideration of the function of each piece as it is to be used with our daily food and drink.

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Yunomi is a name for every-day drinking cups in Japan. These are side fired with woodash glaze in my soda vapor kiln. App. 4”h.

Hanson #1
Hanson #2
Hanson #3
Hanson #4
Hanson #5
Hanson #6
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Hanson #8
Hanson #9
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Hanson #12

Potter’s Hands (photo by Mehrdad Zarifkar)

Potter’s Hands (photo by Mehrdad Zarifkar)

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