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Jack Savage of Grass Valley

Career/title: Potter

Describe your art: Functional and decorative pottery.

How long doing it? Twenty years.



Why do you do it? When I am able to turn a lump clay into a beautiful form, I feel great sense of satisfaction which is redoubled when I am able to get the completed piece into the hands of another person who appreciates the work.

What do you hope to accomplish? My hope is to share my love for aesthetically pleasing ceramic vessels by getting pieces into as many homes as I possibly can.




Does my art convey a message? I doubt that my work conveys any particular message, but I do hope that seeing and touching one of my pieces may cause someone to sense the caring that went into its creation.

Where do you want to be with this in the future? At this point, I have no aspirations to be doing other than what I currently do.

Any special training required? In order to become a potter, a person needs some good basic instruction and then a great deal of practice.

Favorite part? The most pleasing aspect for me is forming pots on the wheel.

Least favorite part? The least pleasing part is packing and unpacking for sales.

Time it takes? Pottery making does take some time. I am definitely a part-timer, yet eight to 10 hours in the studio is not an unusual day for me.

Is it hard to do? Learning to make pottery is no different than anything else – it’s hard for some easier for others. For me it was extremely difficult to learn to form a pot on a potter’s wheel, but I’ve seen others take to it like a duck to water. The main element, of course, is persistence.

Other comments? Currently I am selling work at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley, Great Basin Bakery in Bishop, and Participation Gallery in Winters. Also, I will have work at the Banner Mountain Artisans sale at the Nevada City Elks Club Nov. 8 and 9.


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