“Clay is the medium by which I explore and celebrate the beauty, balance and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest.”
Dyer’s first serious introduction to the art of clay came in 1987 when she was invited to complete an apprenticeship with master ceramicist Asako Watanabe in Okazaki, Japan. There she learned the aesthetic and patience required to create elegant pottery forms. A few years later, back in the states, the beauty and ruggedness of the Pacific Northwest worked its way into her psyche, and ultimately her art. Today Dyer’s unique ceramic creations unite simple, graceful forms with organic textures of nature.
For Dyer, the creation process begins outdoors in the deserts, mountains, forests and beaches of the Pacific Northwest. She gathers inspiration not only from the surroundings but also in intriguing bits. Bark, perforated rocks, oddly twisted pieces of wood and the swirl or knot of a burl all find their influence detailed in her work. Each piece is thrown or hand built then sculpted. Techniques include scoring, stretching, angling, flattening and fracturing, creating the look of a natural object that is completely distinct. In between two kiln firings, each piece is treated with minimal, sophisticated glazes, allowing the work to assert its own subtle life and liveliness.
The result is a piece of functional art that unites the smooth rich surfaces of glazed and finished clay with the raw richness of nature. Dyer’s hope is that her work will inspire a tactile and thoughtful curiosity in the viewer which will translate into a deeper appreciation of the natural world.
Annie joined Mossy Creek Pottery in 2002 when Dan and Susan Wheeler were owners.