Joe Singewald StatementI am a potter because I love making pots. The pots I construct are those pieces that please me. I am not potting with hopes of being rich and I am not making pots with aspirations of a ceramic revolution.
I am a potter because I love using pots. My cupboards are filled with stacks of cups and plates, mugs and bowls. Shelves and tables throughout my house display jars, pitchers and platters. Some this collection are my pieces, but most were unloaded form other potter’s kilns. Every morning, after coffee has brewed, I choose a mug that seems best for the day. As I grab the handle thoughts and memories of the potter take over. I love thinking of the maker each time I interact with their work. When I use my own pieces, my eyes follow soft curves while my fingers trace lips and feet reminding me why the piece in hand was pulled aside and brought into my personal life. All these pieces and all the art I choose to be surrounded by enrich my life. Everything is hand picked because I like it and want to learn from what each piece has to offer.
I am deeply satisfied when my ceramic interpretations create an aesthetic attraction upon entering individuals’ private lives. I choose to hand build and wheel build utilitarian pottery with hopes my cups are the first to dirty once unloaded from dishwashers and my vases are the first filled with spring flowers.