Libbey Seigars - Whitefield Pottery

I studied pottery at Marlboro College in the early 70's with Malcolm "Orv" Wright, who had apprenticed in Japan with National Living Treasure, Taroueman Nakazato XII.  Orv was a wonderful teacher and inspiration.  I headed off to Japan during my Junior year at college and spent two semesters researching the aesthetic influence of 16th century style wood burning kilns on the pottery produced at three of the ancient kiln sites surrounding Kyoto.  I returned to Marlboro for my Senior year and then apprenticed at Orv's studio, for the next year and a half. 

This training set my direction and love of functional pottery.  I love the technical challenge of creating pieces that work well and are aesthetically pleasing.  
It is important to me that my pieces are well thrown but that they also have a relaxed liveliness.  I create handcrafted functional pieces that are designed to be used daily and can last a lifetime.

I work with earthenware clay, primarily doing thrown work.  My work is inspired by the gardens, fields and woods that surround my studio.  I enjoy enhancing pieces after throwing them, creating scalloped and fluted lips on my bowls and platters that echo the shapes of flowers and waves, and squaring a bowl or bottle to create an unexpected yet graceful form.

After bisque firing all pieces are individually decorated, glazed, and fired to 1900 Fahrenheit.    All pieces are lead free and safe for the microwave and dishwasher.