Johnson & Ruth Cohen
MUD AND FIRE POTTERS
The soft and pliable qualities of clay inspire touch. And for
many, it fosters a need to transform a moist lump of earth into
a work of art. So began our early years. Decades later still mesmerized
by this medium, we began exploring its endless possibilities at
Pratt Institute in NYC.
insights from ancient and current masters, and eastern and western
cultures, we create functional and decorative ware, as well as
sculptural works. We’ve learned that finding a voice with clay
is a never ending process. Today’s organic forms are subtly different
from those made in prior years and the vision for tomorrow’s will
to about 2400 degrees heightens pottery’s appeal. The unpredictable
and whimsical flame transforms pieces producing understated as
well as dramatic nuances of color, patterns, ash and texture.
Function and beauty are evermore intertwined.
Proudly we quote Cecil Baugh, a Jamaican potter: I am a maker
of pots, not of speeches…When I look at my hands, I see a potter's
hands...I think of the verse by Omar Khayyam, from his Rubayat,
which begins: “The moving finger writes, and having writ, moves
on..." I thank God for the opportunity to have been able
to write with these fingers in clay, and to know that when I have
moved on, some of what I have written, not in words, but in texture
and colour and in the form of my pots, will remain, hopefully
for many generations.
studio is located at 1002 Bow Bridge Road in Little Meadows, PA,
just one mile east of State Route 858. A large stone bearing our
insignia is on our side of the road. We can be contacted at (570)623-3335
At your leisure, we hope you will peruse our website, www.mudandfirepotters.com
and find us on facebook.