Anne Goldberg has been playing with clay since childhood. Today, she makes wheel-thrown ceramics in her studio at S.A.W. (Studio for Arts & Works) in Carbondale, Colorado. Anne is also an adjunct professor of ceramics at Colorado Mountain College – Aspen and teaches kids at the Carbondale Clay Center.
Anne has been an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center, and also studied at Cornell University, Stanford University, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and Carbondale Clay Center. Her work is included in 500 Cups (2004) and 500 Pitchers (2006), both published by Lark Books, and has been shown in exhibitions around the country.
Anne was born in Boston and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. She moved to the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado in the fall of 2003. From 2004 to 2007, she spent summers as the Head Ceramics Studio Manager at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, where she also taught ceramics to adults and children. She is now a year-round resident of Carbondale, Colorado.
I make functional pottery out of porcelain and stoneware clays using both handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques. Many of my pieces are altered or assembled in some way. I focus on movement, texture and pattern, using both clay surface manipulation and glaze and slip application. My inspirations include patterns found in riverbeds, on the beach, in simple geometry, and in my mother’s textile collection.
My work is soda fired to cone 10, approximately 2,350 degrees F. I spray a soda ash solution into the kiln at 2,350 degrees. The soda ash flows through the kiln on the flames, catching edges and rims of pots. It reacts with the clay in a way that highlights forms and creates its own pattern of flame on my pieces. Because of my making and firing processes, every piece is unique.
My work is intended to be part of everyday life: the mug you reach for every morning, the fruit bowl gracing your kitchen counter, the bud vase for a single flower from your garden, the soap dish on your bathroom sink, the water pitcher on your dining room table. I hope that people find a little joy the daily rituals of their lives when using one of my pots.