Thursday, August 20, 2009

Intro: Rob Harvey

As an introduction to the kiln firing, a brief bit of background to the kiln and the potters. This post will start with Rob Harvey. Rob is a long time resident of Dowelltown, TN. He lives on and works the Creek Bend Farm and Pottery on Dry Creek Road.

Rob came to Dowelltown with his wife, Nora after getting a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. They bought a farm, started and ran a dairy, raised a family and became solid members of the community. Rob's interest in art and the traditions of Appalachia lead him to close the diary and study ceramics at the Appalachian Center for Craft. Studies at the center refined his interests in traditional salt and wood-firing processes. Rob produces functional wheel-thrown stoneware decorated with ash glazes.

As you can see from his smile, Rob has a warm and welcoming nature and he loves to talk about wood firing, turning pots and salt glazing.

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