“Most potters my age have learned their craft in schools or institutions and our connection to the historical/traditional potters is less evident. Thus, to find one’s way and to make one’s “own” work is truly a struggle. I am after the discovery of my pots, my place, my language, in this rich continuum of clay history. I am concerned with living, moving forward. The act of daily work at the wheel, kiln, etc., is for me the same as a mechanic, a doctor, or a teacher. It is a life lived. The warmth and energy gained from daily struggles, triumph, success and failures, allows me to create pots that are alive, and full of humility.
Wood firing for me is the most direct way to finish the work. There is an element of chance once the kiln is loaded. The pots are loaded into the kiln and separated from shelves and each other with bits of clay called wadding. You can see the marks left on the bottoms of the work. The kiln is fired with scrap wood that would otherwise be buried or burned. The ash from the burning wood settles on the pots creating a natural ash glaze.”
- Shane Mickey