For me, the most essential thing about clay is the joy of touch. It’s not the only thing, by any means. The way the glaze melts over the surface of the clay and pools into ridges is lovely. A handle that completes a smooth arc with the wall of the pot and melds smoothly into one line is satisfying. Bringing simple shapes and decorations until they create a single organic form is an exercise in harmony. But contact with the raw soft clay is the best. I love its liquid responsiveness on the wheel, its sensitivity to texturing and smoothing and adding. Every instant of contact between your fingers is sealed into the vessel by the firing into a permanent record. That story, in comfort and balance and thought, is told to every hand that touches that pot for the rest of its life. I hope to tell a better one every time.
Clovy first touched a potter’s wheel in a high school art class, and was immediately in love. Working with her hands was a favorite past-time beginning in childhood, but throwing had a rhythm and sensitivity that fascinated her in a way that wood, fiber, metal, and beads couldn't match. When Clovy went on to Berea College, she successfully applied to join their four-year work-study program as a potter, throwing production ware for sale in the Student Crafts program. When ten hours in the studio weren’t nearly enough, she made ceramics her major as well, and took my BFA in Studio Art, Ceramics. So her first real immersion in clay simultaneously gave Clovy functional work, geared towards tradition and repetition, and art, geared towards history, sculture, and theory. Her desire to bring the two together brought Clovy to this apprenticeship on Whidbey Island. Here, she divides her time between working for Cook on Clay, and taking her first steps toward becoming a professional potter. Clovy is currently developing her first functional body of work under the mentorship of Robbie Lobell, and creating her business, Clovy T. Pottery.
Berea College 2012 Berea, KY Bachelor of Liberal Arts Studio Art, Ceramics Concentration Magna Cum Laude
Ceramics Apprentice, Level IV 2008-2012 Berea College Ceramics Apprenticeship Program Director: Tina Gebhart
Penland School of Crafts 2011 Penland, North Carolina, USA Computer Aided Design and Ceramics (Two-week session) Modeling, Molding, and Mapping Technology Workshop
Apprentice 2012-Present Cook on Clay Instructor: Robbie Lobell Exhibitions: 2012 Senior Exhibition, Berea College, KY 2013 Cup: The Intimate Object IX, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL 2014 Twin Cups; National Ceramics Exhibition 2014, MWSU Clay Guild