Lynn Smiser Bowers

As I reflect on this progression as an artist, I have always been motivated by experimentation, while always considering the functional aspect of my work important. I know many of my pieces will be used, so pitchers must pour well, teapots must lift with ease, cup handles must feel smooth and comfortable to the touch. I would describe myself as a functional potter who loves to embellish form and surface. I have discovered using repetition of the same form facilitates new ideas. You might compare it to an old Eastern view of life, as seen in Tai Chi (a repetition of sixty-four movements) that out of the repetition of the same form comes new form. The usefulness of my work is a touchstone from which new pots spring and reinforces my belief that making pots is a great way to spend the day.