Andrew Sartorius Ceramics

Andrew Sartorius Ceramics I collect and photograph a visual narrative of patterns and textures from the world around me. My po

What a wonderful year!  and I are off celebrating our first wedding anniversary. I’m still so thankful for all the famil...
07/09/2024

What a wonderful year! and I are off celebrating our first wedding anniversary. I’m still so thankful for all the family and friends that came from far and wide to our tiny corner of the Hudson River Valley to celebrate on our special day. Tanya you’re the best partner in crime I could ever ask for, and the center of my heart. Your the ecstasy that’s got a hold on me and keeps me thinking about eternity, and all the ways to grow together. I love love love you!

Here’s a new take on a yunomi I’ve been working through. It pays homage to the first wood fired pot I purchased in Bizen...
07/06/2024

Here’s a new take on a yunomi I’ve been working through. It pays homage to the first wood fired pot I purchased in Bizen on a trip with my adult English eikaiwa (conversational English group) while I was part of . I would meet with them once a week at a different local restaurant around Susaki City and we would have conversations about Japanese culture, history, and one another’s lives. They were incredible! They were responsible for many of my favorite cultural experiences and memories throughout my four years living there, and I miss them terribly. Once I took an interest in ceramics they suggested we book a trip to visit Bizen as a group. My first intentional wood fired purchase was a form quite similar to this from the charcoal “secret” chamber of one of the local potters represented by the local gallery in the Bizen train station. I bought it after a day of adventuring with them and wandering the streets of Bizen. Their generosity and push to take a five hour bus trip with the young American who was interested in tea ceremony and pottery fostered so many inspirational moments. That little yunomi is one of my most prized, and used, pots. I’ve been playing with my memory of that form, and considering what language and firing methods work for it in my voice.

This was thrown and trimmed on the wheel from a chunky blend of West Virginia clay then slipped with a laterite slip and fired tumble stacked in a cone 11 reduction cooled soda firing. I don’t have many of this form to share in two weeks on my shop update, but I have plans to continue making them to share more in the future. Thanks so much for stopping jn and reading along.

Still editing photos for an Etsy sale next weekend. There will be a selection of new mugs, sippers, katakuchi, yunomi, v...
07/03/2024

Still editing photos for an Etsy sale next weekend. There will be a selection of new mugs, sippers, katakuchi, yunomi, vessels, and small bowls will go live July 13 at 10a.m. I’ll be sharing images of some of the pots all along the way, like these four new soda fired mugs. ,

One of the techniques I highlighted this week  for my three day form focused exploration of the tea bowl was coiling and...
07/01/2024

One of the techniques I highlighted this week for my three day form focused exploration of the tea bowl was coiling and carving. By working quickly with soft clay coils, a toothed metal rib, and some hoop tools sculptural forms can grow and respond to the maker’s thoughts, whims, and dreams. It was a wonderful class!

This was of working is also how all my forms from the come to be. This sculptural bowl was coiled and carved from a blend of porcelain created by . After refining the shape with hoop tools and a clay rasp all the curves are scraped at different drynesses with a thin metal rib to finish the pot. It was fired in the middle stacks of the anagama with a shino glaze liner. I have several of these open larger now forms that I’m excited to share with the world.

Thanks to all the great participants from this weekend! And thank y’all for tuning in.

A collection of sippers from the   this year. From a variety of zones of the kiln thrown with four different clay bodies...
06/28/2024

A collection of sippers from the this year. From a variety of zones of the kiln thrown with four different clay bodies. July starts to slow back down a bit and I will be getting an Etsy shop update together to share some of these new pots with you all. Thanks so much for tuning in. Have a wonderful day.

Stuck in a waiting room thinking of textures and surfaces for up coming works. Took these texture studies behind the sho...
06/26/2024

Stuck in a waiting room thinking of textures and surfaces for up coming works. Took these texture studies behind the shop as the rain from a summer thunderstorm passed through and collected in one of the steel barrels we use as a pit fire burn bin. I love rusted metal and the things water does to it. There’s a lot of potential in these textures. Hopefully studio time will come soon to seek these surfaces. For now waiting on an oil change.

Twice fired coiled and carved tea bowl from the wood and soda kiln with multiple dustings of ash and powdered glazes app...
06/25/2024

Twice fired coiled and carved tea bowl from the wood and soda kiln with multiple dustings of ash and powdered glazes application. This stony textured skin is one of the techniques I’ll be demonstrating this weekend for my deep dive into tea bowls workshop. There’s still time to sign up. All you need is your favorite carving tools, a note book, and an open mind. We’ll be having tea each day. Hope to see you there. Visit www.theokidokistudio.com to register today.

Continuing to edit and process photos of new work. This mug was thrown on the wheel from some .pottery  Dark Stone with ...
06/24/2024

Continuing to edit and process photos of new work. This mug was thrown on the wheel from some .pottery Dark Stone with a healthy dose of sand and grog wedged in. It was trimmed and altered by hand and fired in a cone 10 reduction cooled soda firing. Much of the work from the first half of this year was exploration of new commercial clays for future participants . Everytime I hear of new clays I try them out to get a better picture of results participnts might expect from the kilns at the studio.

Next weekend I’m teaching one of my favorite three day workshops . This three day course is a deep dive and exploration ...
06/21/2024

Next weekend I’m teaching one of my favorite three day workshops . This three day course is a deep dive and exploration of my favorite form the tea bowl. Each day will focus on a different hand building technique beginning with more traditional approaches and increasing abstracted concepts of sculpting and building. Each day the group will sample a new variety of matcha and discuss contemporary and historic tea bowl makers. There are still several spaces open all you need to prepare for the three day workshop is an open mind, a notebook for taking notes, and your favorite hand building tools. You can register online through the link in my bio or at www.theokidokistudio.com.

There are three tea bowls on white backdrop that I have never shared before on . The first image in this carousel is a twice fired sculptural tea bowl that was coiled and carved and glazed with a black slip and a shino glaze and fired in the train kiln. It was then reglazed with a matte black glaze and dry dusting application of wood ash and fired in a cone 11 soda firing. The second new slide was coiled and carved from a blend of wild clay blend with a toothy mix of extra grog and granite chips wedged into the clay. It was fired the back of the anagama and then reglazed with a matte white glaze and a dusting of wood ash and dry glaze. The last new slide is a wheel thrown bowl made from a custom porcelain blend (by ) that was fired in the middle of this years anagama firing. Thanks so much for tuning in.

Unglazed sculptural cup coiled and carved from a porcelain blend and fired in the front of the anagama .                ...
06/19/2024

Unglazed sculptural cup coiled and carved from a porcelain blend and fired in the front of the anagama .

Along with teaching/ hosting two workshops  last week I finally got around to some majorly backed up photography. Shot 7...
06/18/2024

Along with teaching/ hosting two workshops last week I finally got around to some majorly backed up photography. Shot 738 photos of pots from multiple different firings from the anagama, train, and soda kiln . It’s a lot of work that I’m excited to sit down and start editing up my run of “official” images.

This bottle is coiled and carved porcelain with a shino wash from the front stack of this January’s anagama firing. I love exploring the ideas that began with my sculptural cups, how softness of form grows into other structure. Each piece a response to the last as they grow with each coil added. My favorite part is refining the lines and honing the shape until it’s voice and my idea resonate. I look forward to sharing more. Thanks so much for checking in.

Father’s Day from far off makes me think of trips together and the love and gratitude I feel for . Thanks for being so p...
06/16/2024

Father’s Day from far off makes me think of trips together and the love and gratitude I feel for . Thanks for being so positive, patient, and kind throughout my whole life dad. I hope you are having the best of days today filled with good food and relaxation.

Mugs fresh from the soda and train kiln double firing with   at . Reduction reds, oranges, and blacks. I have a strange ...
06/11/2024

Mugs fresh from the soda and train kiln double firing with at . Reduction reds, oranges, and blacks. I have a strange year with lots of back to back events in the fall that make me feel like I have save the work I’m most excited about. Cleaned these four mugs up yesterday along with some sippers and yunomi.

The weather has been perfect here in the Hudson valley the Pat few days. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee outside before the summer heat fully kicks in if you’re able. Thanks for tuning in.

It’s been a busy busy month and it’s only going to keep going!  is gearing up for a mid week materials focused workshop ...
06/09/2024

It’s been a busy busy month and it’s only going to keep going! is gearing up for a mid week materials focused workshop this week and a reduction cooled firing of our gas kiln lead by . We unloaded both the train and soda kiln for the Double the fun Double the Fire workshop with my favorite co-teacher, and got some incredible reduction cooled surfaces. There’s been so much going on I’ve hardly had time for documentation and for the work required to get pots out into the world, but it is coming soon.

Texture study from a twice fired sculptural vessel coiled and carved from my chunky iron rich   clay. If you’re curious ...
05/28/2024

Texture study from a twice fired sculptural vessel coiled and carved from my chunky iron rich clay. If you’re curious about adding things to your clay body to open it up and give it more voice, or are interested in learning about the steps one might take to process some locally sourced clay consider signing up for my Mid Week Material Testing workshop . It’ll be three days of learning about altering commercial clays, processing local materials, and even a little simple glaze mixing. Visit the oki Doki studio .come to learn more. Thanks for tuning in.

Here’s a little twice fired firebox sculpture and vase that journeyed from the back of the anagama to soda kiln with sev...
05/22/2024

Here’s a little twice fired firebox sculpture and vase that journeyed from the back of the anagama to soda kiln with several different fresh glaze applications and some dry dustings.

Yesterday was a new adventure going go work with  and many other artists for an art focused career day at the High Schoo...
05/21/2024

Yesterday was a new adventure going go work with and many other artists for an art focused career day at the High School where Tanya Works. Got to hang with , , , and an oodle of other art based professionals and talk with a bunch of kids about futures in the arts. Tanya you worked so hard on setting that event up! So much fun!

Just finished unloading a pretty exciting reduction cooled soda . It was a great group with some really lovey surfaces o...
05/15/2024

Just finished unloading a pretty exciting reduction cooled soda . It was a great group with some really lovey surfaces on incredible pots. There was a last minute cancellation so I got to put a few pots in this firing to fill space. Here a little stamped sipper with some ash glaze on the bag wall.

Huge thank you and congrats to the participants, and if you are excited by surfaces like these you should absolutely sign up for the double firing with and I where we’ll be firing the train and the soda kiln for the best of all worlds in ash and flash. Thanks@so much for tuning in!

.outdoor makes lovely tea ceremony videos mostly in Kochi Prefecture, which is where I lived in Japan. In their post yes...
05/14/2024

.outdoor makes lovely tea ceremony videos mostly in Kochi Prefecture, which is where I lived in Japan. In their post yesterday they filmed using one of my tea bowls on location at the beach in Susaki City. Susaki was my placement while on . It’s a wonderful small coastal town full friendly faces, mountains, and a lot of ginger and rice farms. This city helped me find my way to this wonderful world of pots, and it was so lovely to receive these photos of a wood fired pot of mine in action on the beach where I watched my first hanami (fireworks) festival my first weekend in Japan. Traveling vicariously through my pots a bit. Someday I’ll make it back, but this was all lovely to see. Thanks so much .outdoor for traveling to Susaki and for corresponding with me.

We celebrate Mother’s Day a week early with  and  when they came up for a visit with me and , but that doesn’t mean I ca...
05/12/2024

We celebrate Mother’s Day a week early with and when they came up for a visit with me and , but that doesn’t mean I can’t say it again! I’m so thankful for my mother’s wisdom and kindness! Her artistic and critical eye, and the energy and dedication she’s given to every facet of her life and career. You help so many people all the time mom! You’re the best and I hope you get to enjoy all the things every day, but especially today.

Don’t post many photos of myself but this weekend   snagged this photo of me and my number 1 buddy,  , kiln side after a...
04/29/2024

Don’t post many photos of myself but this weekend snagged this photo of me and my number 1 buddy, , kiln side after a game of fetch. It’s a busy week at the studio after a great weekend firing from an incredible guest artist and impressive stoking team of new and old friends. This week we open the anagama and the train kiln so there’s a lot to share. Thanks for the great shot Jackie!

More of one of my favorite flowers in a little coiled and carved   West Virginia clay bud vase that was soda fired and r...
04/13/2024

More of one of my favorite flowers in a little coiled and carved West Virginia clay bud vase that was soda fired and reduction cooled. shop update coming next week.

Gray rainy mornings, and slipped sippers drying before being loaded up with a bunch of  and  pots for a studio bisque th...
04/12/2024

Gray rainy mornings, and slipped sippers drying before being loaded up with a bunch of and pots for a studio bisque this weekend. I’ve been throwing small batches of pots out of my reclaim clay, but wanted to test some claybodies I like as slips. This completely new skin on the pot was how I first dipped my toes in the waters of local clays and my West Virginia clay. There are 5 slips in this round of tests. Happy Friday!

Opening day  for a firing with . Lots of glaze tests and twice fired works to emerge. The flower beds around the studio ...
04/10/2024

Opening day for a firing with . Lots of glaze tests and twice fired works to emerge. The flower beds around the studio are starting really burst with blooms again. Grape hyacinths are one of my favorite flowers, and I always look forward to seeing their emergence each spring. Here’s the first opening day arrangement in a coiled and carved bottle from one of my last soda firings of 2023. Enjoy the day, and, as always, thanks for tuning in.

Stamped sippers from various firings. When I first started making work I didn’t decorated my pots. I have never had a ve...
04/04/2024

Stamped sippers from various firings. When I first started making work I didn’t decorated my pots. I have never had a very steady hand with brushwork, and so many of the first pots I found inspirational highlighted the natural qualities of the clay and the gestural designs of finger swipes or throwing lines. Marks made from process not direct mark making. Intentional pattern and ornamentation weren’t really part of my vocabulary. In an early critique I was asked, “Are you afraid of decoration? If so why?”. I loved that question, and started making patterns with the tools I use to trim my sippers by hand. I’ve always used sippers as potentially complete test tiles so I , initially, made a lot of overly textured pots for my eye. Eventually I discovered patterns that I liked, especially when they interact with a flowing glaze and natural glaze effects from a firing. I still have many self imposed limitations on bodies of work, and I recognize them I try to have that conversation with myself of why am I afraid of this process? These stamped sippers and some un stamped sippers are available on my shop. Thanks for tuning in.

Back from a lovey time visiting family with  on the Massachusetts / New Hampshire coast. Cool winds and wintery beach co...
04/03/2024

Back from a lovey time visiting family with on the Massachusetts / New Hampshire coast. Cool winds and wintery beach colors are always a new palette of inspiration and texture to collect. did a great job on this trip playing ball on the beach and resting hard. Today’s a day of catch up in in the office and boxing up and shipping out orders (thank you to everyone who purchased from my recent sneaky shop update). Time to get caught up! Good to be back.

 is on spring break, and we’re visiting family this weekend. A little break from pots, and  to adventure with  . Back in...
03/31/2024

is on spring break, and we’re visiting family this weekend. A little break from pots, and to adventure with . Back in the studio on Tuesday.

Spring is in the air, and I’m long overdue for getting some promised new form up on the  shop. Over the next three days ...
03/28/2024

Spring is in the air, and I’m long overdue for getting some promised new form up on the shop. Over the next three days I’ll be uploading a handful of new forms each day to get some of my new inventory into the world. Today’s upload is 2 katakuchi, 6 guinomi, and 4 yunomi. They’re from all three kilns with a pretty wide range of surfaces. Descriptions and more info are with each piece in my Etsy shop. Anything ordered will get shipped out on Wednesday of next week after some Holiday travels to visit family with . Thanks for tuning in!

Last week I started playing with some new back drops and lighting systems to work on what I want to capture for my new b...
03/27/2024

Last week I started playing with some new back drops and lighting systems to work on what I want to capture for my new body of work from the firing this year. It’s a start, but not there. I’m so impressed by the way photographers manipulate light and understand shadow. Going from observation, conversation, and education to practical ex*****on is a BIG jump. Kilns, clay and flame feel so much more intuitive to me. Changes in lighting definitely feel a bit like playing a game of chance. (It just takes time to learn Andrew!) I find the darker back drop highlights the form of the sculpture more, while the white back drop really makes the surfaces and colors stand out. I’m sure there’s a way to achieve both with either backdrop. This firebox sculpture “Swoop” is from the firebox of the anagama in 2021, and the white backdrop was its original photo. New processes always require time and learning. Do you have a preference? Light or dark?

On another note is opening the first soda firing workshop of the season today so that’s exciting. If you’re interested in learning about mixing your own glazes, what the heck a flashing slip is, and want to get some pots soda fired you should sign up for Hunter’s workshop in early April “The Space Between: from flashing slip to glaze”. It’s a great three day opportunity to learn.

Ash flowing over my   West Virginia clay from the firebox of the anagama . Cleaning up on these larger pieces is moving ...
03/25/2024

Ash flowing over my West Virginia clay from the firebox of the anagama . Cleaning up on these larger pieces is moving along. It merits taking a bit of time, but it’s so lovely to have these beautiful close ups taken by .olson.arts to share some the most dynamic surfaces. Happy Monday everyone, and thanks for checking in.

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