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Lori Watts throwing clay on potters wheel
About Me

I'm Lori Keenan Watts, a potter, gardener, and avid reader from Augusta, Maine. Though I started my university education in surface design for fabric, clay quickly grabbed me by the heart and redirected my creative impulses. I have been a potter for over 30 years -- hard to believe. The most valuable years of my ceramic education were spent in graduate study at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, under the tutalage of Dan Anderson and Paul Dresang. My aesthetic is guided by my love of the material itself. What fascinates me and makes a pot compelling for me is the clay-ness of clay: the squooshiness that becomes the adamantine solidity. I also like patterns, unexpected proportions, and when the flame is an active participant in the making. I am obstinate about this aesthetic, to a point which might be called pig-headed, but hey, if you don't like what you make, why bother? My happy little family also includes my husband, musician and photographer Doug Watts; four cats; and a turtle, all foundlings and rescues of one stripe or another.