A little bit about me

Hi! Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you enjoyed browsing around. 

I feel like I think and speak with my hands, and not with my words, but if you haven't gotten a chance to interact with my pots or my food, here's a little more about me, plainly written. 

Why clay?

 

To me, clay and baking are my two communication tools - they help me express myself and connect with others. When I work with clay, I'm uniquely focused on the process.

 

Being mostly a functional maker, I hope to think thoughtfully about the functionality and comfortability with the end users in mind - from the thickness of my pot, the foot of my bowl, the curve of the rim, to the fluidity of the handles. How the visual language of the pot speaks and interacts with the "eyes of the beHOLDER" always fascinates me. 

Among all the ways to fire ceramics, I am most drawn to the process, the aesthetics, and the unpredictability of atmospheric firings. There's nothing like opening a kiln and seeing amazing results from the fruit of your labor... You can see some of the firing processes here.

Other things

My background is in music education and arts administration. I enjoy sharing my love of the arts with those around me. I got hooked on clay when I started recreational classes at a local ceramics studio and have not stopped since. You will likely find me teaching adult wheel throwing and clay modeling with kids in NYC or getting muddy in my studio, making more bowls, mugs, mixing glazes, or little animal rattles that make me smile. I have recently started building larger and more sculptural works and we'll see where those take me!

I invite you to reach out to say hello and/or share an experience with me on a pot that you cannot put down and what about it makes you so attached to it. 

Cheers!

Eugenie Chao

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Loading a Noborigama salt kiln at Peter's Valley School of Craft at 12F, yes, farenheit! :)