“I don’t make pots for everyone! I make them for those who like the unusual. Those who like the marks of the maker, the fire and those who are not interested in sameness. What that means is that I make pots for a very few select people.
Marks of process in making and firing influence the forms and surfaces that I create. I have embraced the forces of nature + chance + luck against my knowledge, skill, willpower and stubbornness. Choose Interesting!” -T. Clennell
Tony Clennell is a second-generation potter who has taught workshops in Canada, USA, Japan, China, Korea and Italy. He has a Master of Fine Arts from Utah State University and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has written more than 55 articles for ceramic journals and exhibited in museums and collections in North America, Europe and Asia. He is author of “Stuck in the Mud” a book of irreverent tales, BS and nonsense.
Tony’s studio is at the Pinecroft Centre for the Arts in Aylmer, Ontario. His wood-fire kiln is at the centre of his mentorship practice, which brings together an exciting group of potters each season to fire their pots over several days of stoking, talking and sharing the occasional tipple. His pottery blog is one of the most popular in North America: smokieclennell.blogspot.com