Purple Birch Bourbon Cup
Size: 3.5” tall x 3” wide
Handmade faux bois "wooden" ceramic cup, perfect for enjoying a morning cup of juice or an evening cocktail. I press the pattern into the clay and then form the final shape. The inside is a glazed while the outside is unglazed and stained to emphasize the birch bark texture.
My name is Bryan, and I’m a ceramics artist working out of Livingston Manor, NY specializing in handmade rustic functional pottery. Drawing inspiration from nature, my work combines the inherent warmth of wood with the hard yet practical nature of ceramics.
I was introduced to ceramics through night-time classes at a community studio in Long Island City, NY as a form of therapy to balance out my then corporate career. After leaving NYC and moving upstate, I set up a small home studio and has been pursuing my dream of becoming a full-time potter, with every year moving one step closer.
There is deep history in each tree, forest, and piece of wood. Trees record time, natural events, human interaction, and damage. They bend and adapt to what is placed upon them. This pliability is what has always drawn me to trees and wood. Working primarily with soft slabs, I have come to appreciate the organic nature and movement of clay, and allow the clay to adapt much like a tree to outside forces.