Our work is created in the rich cultural environment of the Fairmount neighborhood, surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We are the Neighborhood Potters. We choose to make functional pottery because it enriches daily living. Pots help us connect with people on a very basic human level. In these times of fast food, where so much food is eaten out of paper, plastic or styrofoam, we feel that hand made pottery can bring some soul into the daily rituals of eating and drinking.
Our goal is to pursue and promote the creativity, diversity, and excellence of functional pottery being made in Philadelphia. We strive to educate, inspire, and inform the Philadelphia audience and beyond, about this timeless art form.
In our work we strive to show the vitality of clay, especially through the use of texture. Most of Neil’s forms begin on the potter’s wheel and are then altered (faceted, ridged, cut and re-assembled.) Most of Sandi’s forms are hand built and are either textured or decorated. While she also works on the wheel, Sandi finds that working with slabs offers her more versatility to develop her ideas with forms. In our functional work we want to make pots that are beautiful to look at, friendly, and comfortable to use.