In my ceramic work I take clay to the extreme, creating unique, flowing forms on the potter’s wheel by stressing and manipulating pots during throwing. Sometimes I’ll texturize, flute, or scar the pot before swirling and distorting the shape and intentionally take the clay to partial collapse, while still controlling the emerging form. No plain round pots for me!! Clay has endless form and design possibilities and rather than limit myself to one style, I’ll go wherever the clay and my hands take me. I work on opposite ends of the spectrum, in both refined porcelain and in rough, dry, primitive forms inspired by ancient Japanese Bizenware. I also work with slabs, creating clay garden portraits and manipulating slabs into bas reliefs and semi-three-dimensional forms so the subject begins to organically emerge out of the slab.

Deep down I think all potters are pyromaniacs, and I love take firing to the extreme, encouraging fire-markings and natural colors and glazes from organic materials introduced in gas fired reduction, saggars, and in pit firing, and by simulating reduction effects in an electric kiln.

I studied ceramics at Betsalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem and earned my MFA from Antioch University. I’ve exhibited my work internationally and was awarded a Fellowship by the NJ State Council on the Arts. After a career move into furniture design, I’m now getting back into working in clay and teaching all areas of ceramics as well as batik at several art schools and currently teach at the Visual Arts Center in Summit, The Art School at Old Church in Demarest, and at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster. I also give private lessons in people’s studios. I’ve developed a methodical, step-by-step approach to throwing with clear, simple techniques that can help almost anyone learn to throw and improve their skills. I also enjoy guiding more advanced students in exploring their individual artistic expression and finding their own signature style, melding form and decoration so they work harmoniously together.

Vicki Lederman