Crucible With Shaner's White Glaze
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Crucible With Shaner's White Glaze

Steve Skinner

Steve Skinner loves the organic nature of clay which allows him to explore its texture, color, and malleability. As an artist and potter, he wants the clay to show evidence of his working hand, and to experience throwing, slapping, rolling, and sculpting it. He combines hand building with wheel throwing techniques, using different clays to create lines, patterns, and visual textures. He glazes sparingly, highlighting the beauty of the clay.

Although his pottery is functional (to be part of daily life) with deliberate design characteristics (like his crucibles, and wrapped bowls), each work is one-of-a-kind, organic, and distinctively modern. The crucibles are reminiscent of geodes.

A little booklet is included with a bread recipe created by Louise, Steve’s wife.


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Steve Skinner

Steve Skinner grew up in a small, rural community in Northern Illinois. After military service, he graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied lithography, oil painting, drawing, and sculpture (BFA 1981).

His career as an artist spans many years, but his passion for pottery began in 2006 when he took pottery workshop at LillStreet Studios in Chicago. In part, he did so because of his experience at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History where, employed as an exhibit preparator, he worked with artifacts designing and installing custom-fit mounts, which required an appreciation of each artifact’s uniqueness. It didn't take long after that first workshop before he realized that pottery would become big in his life.

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