Ken Standhardt

“Nature’s endless combinations of form, pattern, and texture are my inspiration.”Ken Standhardt pottery

Kenneth Standhardt creates these vessels on the potter’s wheel. When a vessel is leather-hard he creates up to five thousand individual indentations on the surface. He uses handmade steel tools to gradually create even, geometric patterns, then fires each one in an outdoor raku kiln. As soon as the pieces are removed from the firing, while they’re still glowing red, they’re buried in a mound of sawdust. This treatment gives the pots their soft, carbon-colored finish.

Standhardt’s work is greatly inspired by a particular style of primitive vessel-making that involved pressing a layer of clay onto the interior surface of a basket. Standhardt strives for his work to recreate these geometric patterns and convey the same strength of form, pattern, and texture.

Ken's website is at www.standhardtstudio.com.

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