Todd Wahlstrom - Guest Cousin
Cousins in CLay Seagrove, NOrth Carolina
hosted by Bulldog Pottery / Gholson & Henneke
June 2 - Saturday- 10:00am - 5:00pm
June 3 - Sunday- 10:00 - 4:00pm
Todd Wahlstrom whitingham, alaska
Celebrated Potter, Michael Cardew remarked about the thoughtful trimming of a serving bowl by saying, "To console the washer up." Pots function in many ways in our lives. They function in the preparation and serving of meals. When not being used, they function decoratively or sculpturally within our living spaces. They function in our hands and under our gaze whether being sipped from or washed in the sink. They must reward us even in the dish rack, drying upside down, where at long last we discover that thoughtful foot ring.
My pots are conceived with utility in mind and are meant to function in the context of the home. They utilize a flexible vocabulary of form, color and pattern in combination with each other. Their subtleties of weight, balance, tactility and service are revealed through use and over time. They feel personal when I give into and trust my sensitivities and compulsions in the ways I touch clay, imagine form and shape detail. If my pots are to be compelling and relevant beyond my own studio, they must be in some ways democratic. In constructing form and creating surface I suggest parallels to our natural world. These organizations are on some level familiar to all of us and resonate with soundness and rightness.
I live in Whitingham, Vermont with my wife, and potter, Aysha Peltz and our two daughters. Aysha and I share a detached studio building a short walk from our home. My work time is split between making and selling pots and operating a manufacturing business called New England Hardboard Company. This business produces a variety of product but is primarily involved in making throwing bats from a variety of materials. The marketing focus of my ceramic work is on direct studio sales, mostly, because I enjoy the interaction with customers that accompanies this way of selling.
I began making pots in high school and continued through out college, earning degrees from Roanoke College, The Kansas City Art Institute and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In addition to being challenged and seeing my work grow, the highlight of this time was being with the mentors, faculty and peers alike, from which my life as a potter is modeled.
I come from a family of engineers and manufactures. My formative work and play experience usually involved some form of building, design, problem solving and material fabrication. I once considered my choice to pursue a career as an artist to be a deviation from this part of me. I now understand it to be integral.
I have taught ceramics in numerous workshops and a few art center, sabbatical replacement and adjunct positions. The Worcester Center for Crafts, Mansfield University, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts and Alfred University are some of those places. My work is in the collections of the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, The Crocker Art Museum, The Shein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art and countless homes across the country