Philip Mailman

I’ve yet to develop a philosophy directing my thinking in ceramics. Much like my attitude with adulthood, I’m in flux experimenting and improving with each experience. And if there is a hallmark to my work it is that I will try everything, and while only a single attempt may satisfy me, the attempt increases my knowledge and core skills. I just like the feel of clay and thrill at my improving ability to create at the wheel. And that pales to my excitement when the kiln is unloaded and the magic of chemistry presents a “thing of beauty.”

My white stoneware and porcelain functional pottery has had the creative help from Connie Sherman at the Westchester Art Workshop in White Plains, NY, and Georgia Tenore and Jeanne Carreau at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY. More recently Deborah Lecce at the Clay Studio in Peekskill, NY, has opened a world of experiences increasing my color palate, hand building and general sense of letting go and allowing creativity to rein.

I continue to explore in winter art classes at Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach, FL, in my home studio in Croton on Hudson, NY and with the nurturing community of potters who like myself are members of the Hudson River Potters.

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