The pottery I make is the pottery I like to live with and use – colorful functional ware that will be cooked in, served from, eaten in, held. I set my table with a variety of vibrant pieces, store my leftovers in multi-glazed casseroles. (Tupperware – bah!), ripen pears on the counter in cheery bowls …. you get the picture.

I don’t think of myself as an artist but I do love the creative process of forming something composed of both the earth’s elements and the potter’s “chi.” I like shapes that invite caressing, surfaces that ask to be touched, playfulness that comes from incising and carving, and the occasional frou-frou. I make my own glazes and enjoy the serendipity of discovering how they interact. All pieces are safe for food, microwave, dishwasher, and oven.

A wise woman recommended finding work in retirement that constantly challenged and offered indicia of improvement; notably she didn’t say “success.” At this point in my life I am constantly challenged, inspired, excited, animated, and not infrequently, frustrated by clay.  Which, I suppose, was her point.

Selected pieces can be seen at and on Facebook (Norma Messing Pottery)

My work is available at the Potters’ Guild shows and my home studio in Short Hills.