Emily Reason

As a potter, I focus my work on principals of craftsmanship and beauty.

I am interested in the function of forms and the decorative surface that they lend themselves to.  I approach new ideas as a series of work and an exploration of proportion, color, texture and intended use.  My inspiration is drawn from the foods I enjoy cooking and serving, Chinese porcelain of the Sung Dynasty, Victorian Era china and forms found in nature.

Each piece is made with porcelain clay thrown on the potter’s wheel, altered and trimmed, then carved, decorated and glazed on the surface.  I use glazes that are intended to compliment areas of texture.  The work is fired to 2,345°F in a reduction atmosphere lending rich and varied color as well as rendering the wares strong and durable


Emily Reason has been working with clay for fifteen years.  Pottery-making became her full-time career in 2004.  Prior to that, Emily received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University with a concentration in Ceramics and an Art History minor.  Penland School of Crafts drew her to Western North Carolina.  She’s completed Artist Residencies at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC and EnergyXchange in Burnsville, NC.

Emily’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show; Philadelphia Museum Craft Show; Mint Museum Show in Charlotte, NC, the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA); Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina; and the Louisville Visual Arts Association, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Her work has been featured twice in Ceramics Monthly magazine; “A Reasoned Approach,” in the November, 2007 and “Emily Reason: Considerations for Carving,” December, 2010.

Emily teaches pottery workshops and private lessons. She is the author of Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing, Lark Books, 2010.  Emily works in her studio along the French Broad River in Marshall, NC.

A Carved Dinner Plate by Emily Reason

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