Maker Spotlight: Harry Levenstein

Maker Spotlight: Harry Levenstein

Harry Levenstein is a traveling potter who has been working in clay for over 10 years. Hailing from the mountains of Southern California, Harry has traveled extensively in pursuit of a well-rounded and experience-rich education in ceramics. From academia in Humboldt County, CA to apprenticeships in Washington state and the Midwest, to artist residencies in Montana and even India. His work is appreciated, collected, and exhibited  internationally. He is currently working and residing in The Berkshires.

"My work exists on the threshold between the influence of my conscious hand and the inherent beauty my materials confer on their own.  I draw on the language of fine historical craft and functional pottery traditions to imbue familiar useful objects with a sense of wonder evoked by the enigmatic effects of the wood fired kiln. I formulate my own clay bodies and use a variety of decorative techniques including slip textures, rope-impressions, floral brushwork, and carved motifs to adorn the work and allow it to enter into conversation with the fire. My training in wood firing has offered me the working knowledge to harness the technique to my advantage, and the humility to know that the credit for its aesthetic boons can never be wholly mine; it is an elemental collaboration. The process of wood firing offers the perfect venue for this dance of intention and chance. With each use I hope my pots encourage their beholders to interrogate the numinous processes involved in bringing them into existence. "All of my pots are made of high-fired stoneware and porcelain making them 100% food, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Absolutely no toxic or harmful materials are used. I hope that they serve you well for years to come"
A selection of Harry's work is always available in-store at Sett. Stop in and have a look!

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