September 1-30, 2022
Join us for the Art Gallery Opening September 11, 2-4 pm
Welcome to Porcelain Perfection. My name is Phyllis Aaron and perfection, although impossible to achieve, is what I strive for each time I sit down at my wheel to work with clay. Because everything is made with my hand, nothing is perfect, but that makes each and every piece unique and special.
I have always loved working with my hands. It is in my DNA. My grandfather was a carpenter and my father loved to work with tools, fixing whatever was broken in our home. My mother bequeathed to me a love of gardening and working by her side; I got down and dirty! Because of these special people in my life, I don’t mind getting a little messy, and clay is messy.
I began working with clay when my two boys started school. With time on my hands, I looked for an outlet that would be both satisfying and provide me with adult companionship. I began by taking some ceramic classes at the local art studio and I was hooked! I loved the whole process, the messiness, the creativity, the feeling of the clay taking shape under my hands. What a wonderful feeling it was to be able to use something that I had actually created!
I stopped when I returned to work - I was an elementary school teacher, but when I turned 50 and did some soul searching, I decided to go back to working with clay. I have taken many art courses over these past 20 years and with the support of my wonderful husband, I was finally able to create a studio in my home to continue my work.
I love working in porcelain. The clay is buttery smooth and the glaze colors pop, but using porcelain has its own challenges because the clay lacks the grit, or grog, that allows the potter to produce larger pieces without the clay body collapsing. I fire my work in both a gas kiln to cone 10 which allows the glazes to run into each other and an electric kiln to cone 6. Each piece is unique even when one uses the same glazes as the heat and fire of the kilns interact in different and exciting ways. My pieces are functional and are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. I strive to produce pottery that is useful, enjoyable to use, and unique in some way whether it is darted, carved, or just thrown and decorated.
I find that working with clay is only limited by one’s imagination and so my inspiration for my creations comes from many sources including nature, pictures and works by other potters. I like to try to make different shapes and then add my own creative touches to make it my own.