Ann Schunior


320 Nevada St.
Newton MA 02460

Artist Contact Info:
(781) 963-3190
Living in North Carolina in 1966 with no particular interest in pottery, I visited Seagrove, N.C., the home of Jugtown Pottery and generations of country potters. Seeing the growth of a pot from a lump of clay to a large urn sparked my imagination. A few years later in Boston, I decided to take a pottery course. My hands haven’t been free of clay since.

My work is inspired by traditional crafts around the world. My pottery forms come from the unfailing shapes of simple functional ware, but the surface designs come from animal imagery on petroglyphs, wood carvings and fabric paintings of traditional cultures. As I work, I’m engaged in conversations that span millennia, allowing me to listen and respond to the work of artisans who lived in the distant past.

I have traveled widely, West Africa, Central Asia and the Americas, meeting craftspeople that still work in the old ways. I am as excited by indigenous architecture, weaving and fabric dyeing as by traditional pottery. I try to incorporate the imagery from traditional media onto clay without losing their original vitality.

I work in a funky, old building behind my home in Randolph, MA, firing in gas and electric kilns. To make my pots look as time-worn as the petroglyphs that inspire them, each piece is wrapped tightly in iris leaves and placed in their own container before being put in the kiln.

I work in stoneware. My pieces are durable and intended for every day use. They are lead-free, and microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

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