My recent trip to Arizona provided me with some much needed pottery inspiration. I’ve always been intrigued by pottery of the desert southwest. I remember one of the first pots I made in high school was in some sort of southwestern style. I’ve been throwing with red clay (terra cotta) for the past two years now and I can’t seem to go back to the bland, beige stoneware. There’s just something about that rusty, earthy color that I absolutely love. I’ve also started to stray away from using many colors of underglazes. While I do love the bright colors that underglazes provide, I’ve mainly been sticking with a limited palette of purely black and white. It’s a striking contrast against the terra cotta. Here are a few samples of where I see my next pieces heading. Some of these are very, very old and the others are a little more contemporary. The intricacy and patterns of these are so cool. I’m excited to put a twist on this style and mix it with my own aesthetics. We’ll see what happens!