name is Kenneth G. Merrill. I have been a potter for two
decades, and clay is still fascinating to me. The ancient
craft of turning mud into bowls started thousands of years
ago. I make more than just bowls at my studio at Canyon
Creek Pottery in Sisters, Oregon. My hand-thrown dishes,
lamps, vases and much more are on display in the showroom
located at 310 N. Cedar St. My gallery is a little hard
to find, but if you like pottery, it is a must see in Sisters.
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Making pottery is a very solitary thing. You spend a lot
of time in the studio by yourself. After spending 15 years
alone in the studio I decided to open the gallery so that
I could interact more with my customers. So five years ago
I decided to open Canyon Creek Pottery. It's a little off
the beaten path, but the quieter location allows me to get
more work done during the day and spend more time with my
customers. It is a very unique place.
I got my start making pottery in a high school pottery class
in Portland, Oregon. It came naturally for me in the beginning.
In 1985 I took a production pottery job. I took it thinking
I would make a few pots and then go get a real job. Well
I have been doing it every since.
is the term used to describe a piece being created on the
potter's wheel. Wedged clay is positioned in the center
of the wheel and is pulled and shaped by the potter's hands
and tools as the wheel turns. Throwing consistently is a
challenge for beginning potters. It takes years of experience
to throw good pottery. At first I felt like the clay had
most of the control. At times the clay had a mind of its
own. After 20 years of throwing I feel like I finally have
mastered the art of throwing. The clay picks up part of
everything you do to it, and it's reflected in the final
result. Throwing is the magical part of making pottery.
A lot of people think of pottery as art that they can't
use, but it is very functional. You can use it. It's durable,
tactile and visual. Every piece is unique, even in a 32
piece dish set they are all a little bit different if they
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