Hudson River Potters - P.O. Box 1411, Scarsdale, New York 10583-9411

As a potter and art teacher, I always try to make
connections between what I am doing in the studio
and what I am doing in the classroom.  One thing I
have learned from my students is to have fun with the
work.  I enjoy creating traditional pots: plates,
platters, boxes, and cylinders and then manipulating
the surface to make it more enticing.  I treat the clay
like canvas or paper, pouring and spilling colors all
over the place.  The play of glaze on a form adds life
and depth to the piece – and gives the piece its
character.  I like simple shapes, geometry, wavy lines,
and children’s drawings.  I think these primitive
designs speak to all ages.  With this work, I have tried
to keep in mind what I tell my own students: “If you
have fun with the work, you make it yours.”

In the meantime, I like to spend time with my loving husband, Michael, a gifted mine historian, musician and web designer.

Kate Poland Hetman

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