Peggy Quinn Clay Studio

Peggy Quinn Clay Studio

About The Artist

Peggy Quinn • East Springfield, PA

Peggy's work is primarily wheel thrown, often with hand modeled additions and handles that add an imaginative and very distinctive style. Many of her pieces feature the natural world in the form of hand painted motifs and sculptural additions or carvings. Her pottery is also heavily influenced by simple elegant pottery forms from China. Likewise, the glazes tend to be elegant and subtle. Her glazes are all mixed from the potter's raw materials offering a quiet elegance that tend to enhance the forms themselves. Peggy's clay studio�is located in East Springfield Pennsylvania in her backyard pole barn. She is the proud recipient of a $2000.00 Creative Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program Grant from Erie Arts and Culture. She is excited to now be a juried member in The Craftsman's Guild of Pittsburgh. Her work is shown in Erie PA at Kada Gallery and in Pittsburgh at Contemporary Craft.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My ceramic work is either wheel thrown, hand built or a combination of the two. I use a mid range cone six firing temperature for my creations. My clay is either a white firing stoneware or a buff colored stoneware. I mix all my glazes in house including my stains and underglazes from the potter's pantry of raw materials. My work is influenced by my love of Chinese pottery and my glaze palette reflects this. I prefer a quiet elegance in most of my work. The exceptions to this rule are my recent sculptural pieces and some of my more colorful sgraffito colored slip pieces. I love to add sculptural additions to my pieces, often hand modeled or press molded for a distinctive touch. My pieces are all created with love and inspiration, even my pieces that are created in series or sets.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I have always been an artist. I took painting lessons in second grade. But when I got to high school and college I was introduced to clay. I knew clay was to be my chosen medium. I received my BFA in Ceramics and worked in clay for several years. A back injury sidelined me to painted for nearly 20 years but about four years ago I returned to clay. I think what keeps me passionate about clay is that I still continue to learn and perfect my art and craft. While clay does cary a sizable ratio of failures, especially the experimental works, the successes make their way into a sort of line of successes. Yet even these continue to evolve with each new kiln load. It is this continued yearning for the perfect sublime piece that keeps me passionate about clay.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My work is all made by hand with my own specified and perfected glaze palette to express my personal style. I use hand modeled additions and press molded animals for an added distinctive style. My style is simple, quiet and elegant.