Friday, March 9, 2012

The Cup: Simon Levin - Gresham, WI

At the moment I make each pot, it is the best pot I can create.   I work in short series; making one pot after another till a ware board is full.  The first pot informs the second, and those two offer direction for the third and so on.   Each firing informs the next throwing cycle.  My job is to become aware of all this information, make sense of it and synthesize it in the clay on the wheel.   I believe that a good pot resonates when the sum of its elements harmonize in an eloquent statement.

Simon Levin Peachy Mug wood-fired stoneware
(3.75 x 4.5 inches) CUP 118 $42

Simon Levin makes his living as a studio potter.  He holds M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Iowa and now resides in Wisconsin where he works and plays with his wife, Susan, and their daughters.  Simon sure likes to make that pottery and work hard.  Simon has been wood firing for twenty years.  His work explores function and clay treatment in dialogue with firing technique and surface.

Simon Levin Yunomi wood-fired, stoneware
(4.75 x 3.75 inches) CUP 119 $42 SOLD

Simon has taught throwing and firing workshops for the Archie Bray Foundation, the University of Missouri at Columbia, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Syracuse University and others.  He has built kilns for both public institutions and private individuals in the US and abroad.  He shows his work most everywhere.

 Lately Simon has tried his hand at writing about ceramics; he can turn a phrase just about as well as he can turn a pot.   His writings have been published in every major ceramic journal this country has to offer.   Not only that but Simon’s work is held in several private collections and museums including the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, the Bemidji State University collection and The University of Iowa Museum.  All in all not too shabby, but don’t trust me, judge for yourself visit his fancy-schmancy web site.

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