Joseph Dailey
Blackwell Potters
Warrenton, Virginia


Joe Dailey

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Artist Statement
Pots achieving balance with unequal parts that are structured with organic and hard-edged architectural lines. Organic lines are soft and smooth, undulating, rolling, swelling intentional forms with grow with energy from within. Less is more. Showing my process to the audience not overworking the clay and inviting the viewer to see intention changed in space the object occupies and around the object.....changing the atmosphere.

Studio Description

Home studio working in conjunction with four other potters that enjoy wood-fired pottery

What type of clay do you use?

I like to use clays that have some tooth/grog that I can move under my hands.

What temperature do you fire to?

Firing temps depend on desired outcome, sometimes 1350°F for naked raku and sometimes as high as Cone 13/ reduction wood fire.

What is your primary forming method?

I enjoy both handbuilding and wheel-thrown pot-making.

What is your favorite surface treatment?

Several layers of slip application that have been scumbled and scratched through.

Do you make any of your own tools?

No, however, I do improvise on many household objects that can do the job needed.

What one word would you use to describe your work?

What is your favorite thing about your studio?
My studio opens the outdoors.

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


What are your top three studio wishes?

More ventilation, more sinks, better lighting

How do you save money on materials and supplies?

I barter with other potters.

How do you recharge creatively?

I like to get away from my studio, travel to places that are pottery rich.

Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?

Clean up immediately after working, no matter what!

What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?

I must work every day at least four hours a day, making work, planning work, resolving work.

What did your first piece look like?

Yes, my mother still has my first piece, not bad but pretty clumsy.

What ceramic superpower would you have and why?

A time machine....where does it go!

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

Patience, especially when it comes to wood firing.

Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?

No mentor as this moment but I'm working on it, however very interested in the directness of Lindsay Oesterritter's work....Less is more.

What is your studio playlist?

No playlist, I make my own inner music.

Why do you create art?

I create because I need to make objects that excite me.

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

Thinking about this one, very difficult to answer

What is your best studio tip?

Work, work, adapt, work some more

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

How it dries out, retains moisture.
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