Belvedere Tiburon, CA
My focus is on creating natural ceramic forms for modern homes. I strive to bring natural and eye pleasing ceramic shapes with unique textures and finishes to your life. All of my work is one of a kind wheel thrown ceramics created by Brett Crawford at the Wheelhouse in Marin County California.
I started working with clay at Saratoga High School in Saratoga, California where I built the foundation of my wheel throwing techniques with Leah Aguayo. She sparked my interest in clay and Raku firing and most importantly seeded an obsession with clay that would last to present day. In the same era, I expanded my ceramics training with Dave Ogle. Dave and other potters at West Valley Junior College mesmerized me with large forms with beautifully natural curves that I aspired to make myself someday.
When I moved to Davis for school, I looked for ways to keep my hands in clay. Fortunately, I found the UC Davis Crafts Center where I was able to continue and expand my experience in clay. The UC Davis Craft Center is where I first started teaching – I taught beginning and advanced wheel throwing and a Raku workshop for five years. While in Davis I almost exclusively focused on Raku firing processes and the endless pursuit of the perfect shape. My first business (Random Raku Pottery) had great success at Northern California Art and Craft Fairs in the 90’s.
In 1997, I relocated to San Diego and immediately went to the UC San Diego Craft Center where I again started teaching ceramics. In San Diego, I focused more on high fire cone 10 work but continued my passion on controlling the shapes and finding natural curves in my work. At this point, I had been teaching ceramics for over 20 years. I hope I was able to inspire some of my students to dig deeper into ceramics as Leah Aguayo had done for me.
In 2015, I relocated to Marin. This was a transition point for me in my ceramic life. I decided that I wanted to back away from teaching to make room to focus on my own creations. In Marin, I started working at the Mill Valley Potter’s Studio and eventually moved into private studio space at the Wheelhouse where I am now. All of the energy that had been previously focused on teaching new potters the basics of wheel throwing technique is now focused on creating unique ceramic forms with natural curves and unique glazes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them.