June 2, 2019

Daryl Townsley Pottery

Posted in 2018, Ceramics, Participating Artists


I have been working with clay for several years, starting as a hobbyist about 15 years ago. I am primarily self-taught, but have taken workshops from some very fine potters — including Phil Rogers, Lisa Hammond, Guy Wolff, and Jan and Randy Johnston.

As a ceramic artist, I work to create forms that are both satisfying to make and enjoyable to use. I find myself captivated by a tactile response to the clay that is part of wheel throwing and slab building. I like the tension that is set up when a soft, round form has been cut or altered to introduce interesting lines and edges or to show the texture of the clay.

I work in my home studio and fire the pieces in a natural gas reduction kiln that my husband and I built and fire together. My work is primarily salt glazed and is fired for 24 to 30 hours to over 2300 degrees. I mix and use simple combinations of clay-based slips that allow the firing to produce a variety of colors and flashings and to highlight the “mark” of the salt.

Beautiful salt glazing is the result of bringing together the right clay body, slips, and glazes that make it possible for the atmospheric firing to create an aesthetically appealing variance in the surface of the work.