Stephen Goss

Grooved tea bowl with wood ash
Glazed stoneware
Functional Studio Pottery

Media: Pottery

Vernon Street Studios
6 Vernon Street 54

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Artist Statement

Hollowed out,
Clay makes a pot.
Where the pot’s not
Is where it's useful.
-Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, 11

I make wheel-thrown and hand-built functional pottery with the emphasis on the tactile, the intention of contemplation, and the aesthetics of wabi-sabi.
The objects made by my hands should feel right in your hands, unique pottery from which to eat and drink while pondering life, the universe, and everything.

Or to simply enjoy a nice hot cup of tea.

Wabi-sabi is a vague and complex Japanese term that expresses the beauty in imperfection, the acceptance of impermanence, and the bittersweet joy of a fleeting moment.
As one author concisely wrote, it “nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”

​I attempt to capture this concept in the vessels I create with the hope that they will be enjoyed frequently and cherished often.
These are meant to develop a patina, not gather dust.
Perhaps you will notice something new with each and every use - in the touch of the surface or balance of the shape, a color or detail previously unnoticed, maybe you will have some profound personal reflection or create new memories with one of my textured tea bowls in your hands.

Or merely experience a mindful moment just being, as is, here and now.

All of my pottery is high-temperature fired stoneware and porcelain (cone 10 reduction & oxidation) and is non-toxic, lead-free, dishwasher-ready, and microwave-safe.