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Ted Norris

For the love of clay


 I refer to my work as Functional Art, pieces that are durable and fun. Art you use, daily.


I credit my mother with my love of pottery. She appreciated the art form and took me with her to visit the Japanese pottery studios in Mashiko and Kanazawa when I was10. It was fascinating to see the master potters transform lumps of clay to beautiful pieces of art. The process was like watching magic. 


It took me a few years before I threw my first stoneware piece. It was on a handmade kick-wheel in an outdoor studio on the North Shore of Oahu. I was instantly hooked. I love the feeling of the clay spinning between my hands and fingers; I find my Zen every time I throw.

Over the past 45 years, I’ve had the privilege to create stoneware works in community-based studios in Hawaii and Las Vegas. The energy from working with other artists inspired me to push myself even further. Since relocating here to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I’ve had the incredible fortune to start my own clay studio in Camas. The 24/7 availability has allowed me to explore many new directions with form, function and glaze.

My plan is to open up a Camas pottery studio space by the end of 2018. We will have a mix of experiences; small classes for everyone from the first timers to open studio time for potters looking for studio space.  Please stay tuned for more updates.

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