Karen Cruce

Karen_Cruce_bio_photoOver the past 20 years of working in ceramics, I have grown to realize the importance of each piece being well-crafted. That, as a functional potter, became my main focus for years. Along the way, I discovered that the inspiration for my finished work came from the earth - it’s processes, textures and color.

The earth provides endless inspiration. Look at canyon walls, swiftly moving waters, landscapes, the earth’s horizon at sunrise and dusk, geyser pools – the list never ends and is never boring. In fact it is short of miraculous.

The earth also provides us with a fabulous pallet of color from which to work. Everyone has marveled at the red, purple & orange sunsets, mesmerized by the deep shades of blues in the ocean and even captivated by the whites of clouds.

From these elements, my landscape glazing technique creates a beautifully crafted piece that is finished in such a way to capture the viewers’ attention and stimulate a tactile response.

The highest compliment to a functional potter is to use their work in everyday life. ENJOY!