Deb Sullivan Pottery

Deb Sullivan Pottery

About The Artist

Deb Sullivan • Alameda, CA

Picture a Venn diagram with two overlapping circles. One circle contains cups and the other, art. That overlapping intersection is where I strive to place my pottery. A cup or a plate is a mundane object until it is imbued with art. Put it on a pedestal, or in a cupboard, but touch it often to understand and enjoy it. My pottery is described as "happy" and I see it makes people smile. I have been working with clay for over 30 years. In the last 3 years I transitioned from sculpture to pottery.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My pottery starts with a hand-rolled slab from a local red clay. I texture each slab with hand made stamps and rollers that are my own specific designs. Each piece is decorated with underglazes in shapes and colors that reference my local landscapes. After the pottery is initially bisque fired, I decorate with washes, underglazes, and glazes. All pottery is food, dishwasher and microwave safe.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I believe in the ability of handmade pottery to elevate everyday life. Surrounding ourselves with human made objects of beauty allows for daily reflection and enjoyment. There are countless stories of people putting their hands into clay and never being able to put it down. The plasticity of the material allows for infinite ways to use it. I love how after over 30 years I am still excited and obsessed about my art practice.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

In a sea of beautiful earth-tone pottery, turn the corner and be delighted by my use of color. I believe in color and the joy and that brings. Every home needs a pop of color!