photo by Francesco Lombardo


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Artist Statement

I am interested in the function of forms and the decorative surface that they lend themselves to.  I approach new ideas as a series of work and an exploration of proportion, texture, color and intended use.  My inspiration is drawn from the foods I enjoy cooking and serving, my surrounding environment, Chinese ceramics and forms found in nature.

Each piece is made with porcelain or stoneware thrown on the potter’s wheel.  I then alter and trim the work, carve, decorate and glaze the surface.  I use glazes that are intended to compliment areas of texture.  Pieces are fired to 2,345°F in a reduction atmosphere lending rich and varied color as well as rendering the wares strong and durable



Emily Reason has been working with clay for fifteen years and has been a full time potter since 2004.  Prior to that, Emily received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University with a concentration in Ceramics and an Art History minor.  Penland School of Crafts drew her to Western North Carolina.  She’s completed Artist Residencies at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC and EnergyXchange in Burnsville, NC.

Emily exhibits her work nationally; notably at the Smithsonian Craft Show; Philadelphia Museum Craft Show; Mint Museum Show in Charlotte, NC, the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA); Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina; and the Louisville Visual Arts Association, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Her work has been featured twice in Ceramics Monthly magazine; “A Reasoned Approach,” in the November, 2007 and “Emily Reason: Considerations for Carving,” December, 2010.

Emily teaches pottery workshops and private lessons. She is the author of Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing, Lark Books, 2010.  Emily works in her studio along the French Broad River in Marshall, NC.

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