J.R. Sherburne

J.R. Sherburne

J.R. Sherburne is Resident Potter for The Artists Hand Gallery in Indiana, PA, producing traditionally based functional stoneware. He works in the traditions of British Studio Pottery and American Colonial Ceramics. J.R. apprenticed at Berea College, Berea KY world renowned school for Appalachian crafts. He operated studios in Kentucky, Ohio, California and Pennsylvania, and received awards for his work. J.R.’s belief in the accessibility and approachable nature of ceramics reflects his laid-back, down-to-earth Kentuckian background and style. He creates pots and ceramic pieces to catch the eye and tell a story – the kind of story your Grandfather would tell on a long summer evening while gliding on the front porch swing. For J.R., clay is a unique and extraordinary material. It is “not inherently valuable or impressive; it possesses humor and yet may be dismissed as less than serious or marginalized as simply utilitarian. But it is these unassuming traits which allow us to consider its proposition eye-to-eye and to speak to us in a voice we trust; simple and direct, like cool sweet tea after a long dusty walk up a gravel lane.”


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December 12, 2015