Hi there!

I earned a BFA in ceramics from Alfred University in 2003, and assisted other potters, including four years with Constance Talbot, and taught children’s ceramics classes before starting my own business in 2010. Now I work full-time out of my home studio in Easthampton, Massachusetts, throwing all of my pieces on the potter’s wheel and illustrating each one by hand.

I make work that I would want to use, and my forms emphasize functionality — pots that feel good to use, that you want to reach for every day.

For my designs, I draw inspiration from children’s literature, as well as from textile design.

Teaching children’s ceramics classes got me started on decorating my work with animals. No matter what project I assigned the class, the kids wanted to make things with their favorite animals. I got on board pretty quickly.

Although I do not make my work specifically for children, I do love knowing that some people buy my work for children, and that my pottery might become part of someone’s childhood memories. I see childhood as a magical part of life, and making my work connects me to it. I hope using my work connects others to it as well.

Currently I’m active on the Northeastern U.S. craft show circuit, including past shows at Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, and Boston’s Bazaar Bizarre and SoWa Open Market. My work can be found in stores and galleries in Boston, Providence, and other cities, in addition to¬†my online Etsy shop.

– Abby Berkson

Interviews:

Craftland

Anselblue Design Studio

Exhibitions:

2012, Cup & Mug Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2012, Art of Dining, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester MA
2011, The Contemporary Vase, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2011, Cup & Mug Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2010, The Apprentice System, with Constance Talbot, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2010, Cup & Mug Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2009, Cup & Mug Invitational, The Artisan Gallery, Northampton MA
2003, Senior Exhibition, Alfred University, Alfred NY

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