Pat Cheek
The Cracked Pot
Quepos, Costa Rica



Artist Statement

About seven years ago, I fell in love with clay! It’s a wonderful, rewarding friendship ! Also it keeps me grateful to be retired!

Studio Description

The studio is the ground level of my home looking out at my beautiful jungle full of all sorts of animals!

What type of clay do you use?

Red earthenware

What temperature do you fire to?


What is your primary forming method?


What is your favorite surface treatment?


Do you make any of your own tools?

A few

What one word would you use to describe your work?


What is your favorite thing about your studio?

The view

What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?


What are your top three studio wishes?

Bigger kiln, Better kiln

What’s on your current reading list?

A suspense novel or two

How do you save money on materials and supplies?

Difficult where I live as most has to be sent in from the US. My clay is available just a couple of hours away!

How do you recharge creatively?

Walk around my property with my dog

What did your first piece look like?

An out-of-round little bowl

What ceramic superpower would you have and why?

Stronger arms… getting older means trying to keep in shape

What area of skill do you most look to other artists to learn?


Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?

Lou Castillo gave me lesson in her little shop, La Tómbola, and encouraged me constantly

What is on your studio playlist?

All over the board with a little country

Why do you create art?

Gives me a great purpose to get up and stay grateful everyday

Who is your favorite artist and what do you admire about that artist?

Guadi .. no straight lines!

What is your best studio tip?

Enjoy what you do.

If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?

Not to crack!
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