Ted Norris

“I credit my Mother with my love of pottery. She appreciated the art form and took me with her to visit the master Japenese pottery studios in Mashiko and Kanazawa when I was 10 years old. It was facinatinating to see the transformation of lumps of clay to beautiful pieces of art. Watching the the creating process was like watching magic.

It took me a few years before I threw my very first piece. It was on a handmade kick-wheel in an outdoor studio on the North Shore of Oahu. I was instantly hooked. I love the feeling of the clay spinning between my fingers. I find Zen every time I rhrow.

Over the past 40 years I’ve had the privilege to create stoneware works in open studios in Hawaii and Las Vegas. The energy from working with other artists inspired me to push myself. Since relocating here to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I’ve had the good fortune to start my own studio in Camas. The 24-7 availability has allowed me to explore new directions with form and glaze.

My 5-year plan is to open up pottery studio space with classes for local residents to experience first-hand the joy of pottery-making”

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