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I create hand-thrown functional clay pieces at my Pennsylvania studio. Whether it is a mug, a bowl, a platter or a garlic scraper I work the clay in order to maintain a simplicity of design while considering the ergonomics of use.

 

Always fascinated with surface design I frequently use texture, carving, cutting or slip work to enhance the design and to serve as a vehicle for the glaze. The texture or cutting on the surface allows the glaze to react differently, while smooth surfaces allow for the interaction of multiple glazes. The glaze, being the final step, turns the initial lump of clay into a finished work.

I work in medium fire clay, firing to cone 5-7 and mix all of my glazes focusing on the colors and tones of nature. Some work will include my clay or lampwork beads as functioning or decorative components. 

I use the sun as my potter’s mark because it symbolizes a new beginning - each lump of clay that touches my hands is a new beginning to a new creation.

I am a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and a Juried Member of the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild. My work Trees won an award at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts Member Show. I have participated in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Crafts Show, the New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival, the Artists of Yardley Craft Show and numerous other regional fine craft shows and my work has been included in a number of regional galleries.

I strive to create work that brings joy to the user. I hope you enjoy using my pottery as much as I enjoy creating my pottery! ​                       

                                                                                                                                                     Merle 

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