MICHAEL PONESS

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MICHAEL  PONESS
“As a practicing architect, it is only natural that my work in ceramics is influenced by the discipline of architecture. I lean toward the functional side of clay versus the sculptural side. I tend to do lidded forms more than open forms. Something about roofs on buildings I suppose. Most pieces start out as wheel thrown cylinders that are then altered and shaped into ovals, squared boxes, jars, teapots, tea caddy’s, urns, etc. Aspects of architecture, such as, towers, arches, windows, hardware, surface texture, rhythm, color, pattern all find their way into my work.” — Michael Ponness
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MICHAEL  PONESS The Beacon

The Beacon
- Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides
13 x 7 x 7 in
$ 625.00


MICHAEL  PONESS The Beacon
The Beacon
Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides  
13 x 7 x 7 in
$ 625
MICHAEL  PONESS A Case of You
A Case of You
Wheel thrown altered soda fired stoneware  
13 x 10 x 5 in
$ 675
MICHAEL  PONESS Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides  
8 x 4 x 4 in
$ 365
MICHAEL  PONESS Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs
Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides  
7 x 7 x 3 in
$ 395
MICHAEL  PONESS Dreams For Me
Dreams For Me
Wheel thrown altered soda fired stoneware  
11 x 6 x 3 in
$ 325
MICHAEL  PONESS Into the Mystic
Into the Mystic
Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides  
9 x 7 x 3 in
$ 395
MICHAEL  PONESS Slim Slow Slider
Slim Slow Slider
Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides  
11 x 5 x 3 in
$ 395
MICHAEL  PONESS Thistle _ Weeds
Thistle & Weeds
Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides  
8 x 6 x 3 in
$ 395
MICHAEL  PONESS Three Hills
Three Hills
Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides  
8 x 7 x 4 in
$ 425
MICHAEL  PONESS Vine Street
Vine Street
wheel thrown, altered soda-fired stoneware  
11 x 6 x 4 in
$ 295
MICHAEL  PONESS Whiskey Decanter
Whiskey Decanter
Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides  
12-1/2 x 5 x 2-1/2 in
$ 285
MICHAEL  PONESS Fourth Time Around
Fourth Time Around
Soda-fired stoneware with stains & oxides  
7 x 7 x 3 in
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MICHAEL  PONESS

MICHAEL PONESS

MICHAEL PONESS Biography

Poness received his Bachelors of Architecture degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC> He currently Lives in Takoma Park Maryland and works at the Glen Echo Pottery in Glen Echo, Maryland. Most of the work is fired in a 2 chamber noborigama style wood and salt kiln at Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.

MICHAEL PONESS Statement

“As a practicing architect, it is only natural that my work in ceramics is influenced by the discipline of architecture.

I lean toward the functional side of clay versus the sculptural side. I tend to do lidded forms more than open forms. Something about roofs on buildings I suppose. Most pieces start out as wheel thrown cylinders that are then altered and shaped into ovals, squared boxes, jars, teapots, tea caddy’s, urns, etc. Aspects of architecture, such as, towers, arches, windows, hardware, surface texture, rhythm, color, pattern all find their way into my work.

I’m inspired by all sorts of things outside the discipline of the medium. Some pieces are inspired by specific artists such as Rothko, Polack and Johns. Others by things as varied as ancient war siege towers, to African writing tablets used to teach the Koran to children Many of the vessels I make are named for songs titles of the music I enjoy listening to as I work.”

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