Stephen Procter Ceramics

About

My handmade ornamental vessels combine the bold lines and generous volumes of ancient urns with the influence of natural forms.  People love to touch them, and their scale imparts a palpable presence that can make a room, a garden or a public space come alive.

I build large pieces in many stages, joining damp sections in a modified version of the coil-and-throw method found in many ancient cultures. Although I work on a potter’s wheel, my approach is essentially sculptural: Beginning with a rough idea of scale and mood, the details of form and decoration arise through an improvisational dance that unfolds over a period of days as the piece finds its way to completion.

Many of my pieces are unglazed, but may be coated in a thin layer of slip to achieve different hues. After three to five days of building and a week of drying, I load the vessels into my large kiln, bring them to 2350ºF in a day-long firing, and then allow them to slowly cool for two days.  Each time I open the kiln I have the thrill of seeing how (and if!) they fared through extreme stresses of the transformational process.

I offer my monumental vessels here online, at shows throughout New England and the Eastern Seaboard, and at my studio in Brattleboro, Vermont.