In accordance with city guidelines, The Clay Studio is resuming fall term classes on January 16, and our winter term begins February 10 (Due to snow make-up days). Check for general updates here. Meanwhile, explore our virtual classes, talks, and events, and help support our teachers and artists.

DATE NIGHTS are currently on hold due to the pandemic. You are welcome to purchase Gift Certificates for future workshops (Date Nights will be back!)

Janet Samuel

My recent work began to coalesce after a confluence of losses. I found myself with a heightened appreciation of our biology and a visceral connection to the natural world. I collected rocks, shells, leaves, twigs, acorns, burrs, feathers, lichen, and bone. The veins of leaves mimicked my own. Gnarled branches resembled wrinkled flesh. This abiding interest in human anatomy and natural objects manifests in the joy of pinching, pushing, and shaping porcelain. I begin making with intent but inevitably porcelain, and its distinctive materiality is a partner. I entertain myself by exploring its limits, especially drawn to texture and pattern. Bones become branches. Geodes evolve into pinch pots. The exploration is an endless loop of material and maker. I make handbuilt porcelain pinch pots with distinctive cracked exteriors, hand-carved branches, bones, acorns, eggs, eggshells, and internal organs, utilizing oxides to enhance texture, and sometimes, gold and silver leaf.



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$50.00



Branch Necklace

$50.00


  

Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$50.00



Branch Necklace

$50.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$50.00



Branch Necklace

$50.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$60.00



Branch Necklace

$50.00



Branch Necklace

$50.00