Ira Burhan

I am drawn to the classic Japanese pottery that influenced many potters. The simple shapes and glazes seem to fit those pots so well. The notion of the humble potter making pots for everyday use was very appealing to me.  Over the course of 30 plus years I’ve found the relationship between form, texture and glaze to be both challenging and interesting.

My current work is made with stoneware clay and is functional by nature. By altering the thrown pot, combining hand-built elements, carving the surface and glazing I am trying to create movement, to let my pots dance. Most recently I have turned my view to the garden around my studio. Some handles have taken on a leaf like quality and I have been carving leaves on the surface of my vases, casseroles, bowls, cups, etc.