Scenic Mohawk Valley
Little Falls, New York
Welcome to my little corner of the web. My name is Craig Bird and I have been making handmade pottery since 1990. I have been fortunate to have studied with three Bernard Leach students (Wm. Henry Klock, Warren MacKenzie and Jeff Oestriech), numerous American potters, as well as Japanese master potter; Kohyama Yasuhisa. I have studied pots all over the US and abroad and consider myself a traditionalist at heart and a functional potter by choice. I am heavily influenced by potters such as Kawai Kanjiro and Michael Cardew, as well as Japanese pottery, English slipware, ancient pottery and Saturday morning cartoons.
I will also, from time to time, put up a pot not made by me. As a potter, I am constantly acquiring pottery pieces to study and learn from. Once I have had a full dialogue with the piece, I sell them so that they may find a new home.
I work in stoneware, porcelain and terra cotta. Though some of my work appears visual and decorative, my work is intended for function. The thought of people using my pots for everyday use is my greatest reward as a potter. I tend to concentrate on covered pieces ( I love the concept of containment), teapots and teabowls / chawan. I am currently working in slipware, painted and glazed wares. Please look around and any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.