Steve Day

Petrified Forest

Blandon, PA

Good design does not compete with its environment. It becomes a part of it.

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In 1990, I fell in love with clay.  What began as a casual relationship soon blossomed into a full-time commitment.  I quit my job, bought a ton of clay, and turned my 200-year-old barn into a ceramic studio.

Self-taught, I have developed several unique processes that differentiate the ‘Petrified Forest’ look from other ceramic forms and surfaces.

I spent a year in Japan, where I was introduced to the concept of shibumi.  The traditional Japanese craftsman has a sense of ‘oneness with both nature and his materials.  Mine are leaves, colors and clay.

After kiln firing the fragile and fleeting leaves and malleable clay are transformed into an eternal, impervious work of art.

“Good design does not compete with its environment.  It becomes a part of it.”

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