Functional pottery by Craig Bird, Albedo 3 StudioALBEDO 3 STUDIO
About Us
My pottery springs from the concept of function and utility. It is further guided by a need to be narrative and tell a story.

I am a product of television, mostly cartoons and so began my fascination with form. I was raised by a television and I marveled at the images and would try to imagine them in my mind’s eye, creating a three dimensional form from the 2-D. Clay allows me to create a 3-D object from those old images locked away from television, books and drawings. I am able to work out the problems of three dimensions in not only the form, but the surface as well, through a series of multiples of an idea moving further toward an ideal. Through my experiences and encounters I have added numerous ideals and paragons to my vocabulary. Unified concepts and images go in and are vigorously blended coming out in new and intriguing ways.

I can see the influences of numerous works in each pot, but I work to keep from making copies of previous pottery works. My preferences for Japanese, Old English, Persian, Greek and Chinese pottery acts as stepping stones for my own vocabulary of form and surface and hopefully I have found my own voice. For me, the greatest challenge is to step out from the shadow cast by the two most important influences of my life, the work and thoughts of Kawai Kanjiro and Michael Cardew. By studying the past masters and masterpieces, I rely on the concept ONKO-CHISHIN (look at the old to learn the new) but have adapted it to my feelings about pottery; Look to the past to make pots in the moment as a foundation for the future.

Having sought out functional potters to study with, students of Bernard Leach and Japanese potters steeped in ancient tradition; my strongest focus in making pottery is the purpose and accommodation of the pot.

As long as I continue to make pottery, these are the goals that I will aspire too and the vocabulary I will constantly consider.

Pottery Highlights
• 1989-92 Ceramic Teaching/Studio Assistant at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Oh.
• Haystack Teaching Assistant/ Studio Assistant 1991 and 1992
• Studied with 3 Bernard Leach pupils: William Henry Klock (1988-1989), Warren MacKenzie (1991) and Jeff Oestriech (1992).
• Guest Lecturer at Cleveland Museum of Art “Potter’s Talk Pots”
• Numerous Workshops, Lectures and Talks, including for the Syracuse Ceramic Guild, Wesleyan Potters, Jewish Community Center (Cleveland), Cleveland Museum of Art
• Worked and studied in Japan with Japanese Master Potter Kohyama Yasuhisa (1992)
• Taught at Wesleyan Potters (2000-2003).
• Published in Ceramics Monthly, New England Antiques Journal and “Handbuilt Ceramics” by Kathy Triplett.
• Numerous Juried and Invitational Exhibitions throughout the United States
• In numerous public and private collections including;
o Ceramics Monthly Permanent Collection
o Hope House (The American Cancer Society) Cleveland, OH
o Center for Aids Education, Syracuse, NY
o American Cancer Hospice, Syracuse, NY


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