I started taking community pottery classes in 2013 when I was living in New Orleans, quickly became obsessed with the medium and made a small at-home studio for myself in the spring of 2015. Thus, Pottery by Osa was born! I make handmade terracotta pottery inspired by my love of simplicity and geometric patterns. I'd like for my pots to seem ancient and modern at the same time. Using earthenware links me to the oldest pottery ever made in the world, however my methods (including the use of an electric kiln) result in modern-looking pieces. My main decorating technique is carving and I also experiment with slip decoration, smoke firing and majolica. I love expressing myself creatively through practical, functional forms. As a new potter, however, I am still learning about my materials and process and have a long way to go until I feel that I am communicating clearly through my medium. Mostly, I am inspired by the process of making itself. I form, decorate and fire each piece myself and I make my own glazes. It's exciting that one can learn from doing. Every pot I make is part of a larger process, this long journey with clay that I'm on.
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