Isaac Howard
Invited by Deb Schwartzkopf

OC: Where is your current studio (city, state)?
IH: I’m currently working out of Rat City Studios, renting space from Deborah Schwartzkopf. The studio is located in West Seattle, Washington State

OC: How long have you been working in clay?
IH: I made my first pot 17 years ago when I was 16 at Chugiak High School, in Eagle River Alaska.

OC: Can you share a bit about your education or background?
IH: My first serious experience pursuing a career as a potter was an apprenticeship with my brother.  When I was 18 Jeremy was already making a living from pottery so it seemed natural that I should go to him to learn how to make good pots. I worked with him for around a year and then started my first studio when I was 19. From that point on I’ve been self-taught.

I realized fairly quickly that the kinds of pots I wanted to make weren’t marketable in the local area, so I found part time work doing carpentry. That part time work eventually led to a second career that has allowed me to maintain a studio practice, and provide a stable source of income. Without that second career my work may have evolved very differently.

OC: What do you feel is your role as an artist?
IH: I tend to think that the connection to living with handmade objects isn’t just an anachronism. I believe that the importance of interacting with a physical representation of another’s idea will always be important, no matter which art or craft you pursue. My goal as an artist/craftsperson is to create objects that allow the quiet conversation between pot and user to take place. Utility can be an amazing interactive tool that allows us to use our tactile senses to add depth and meaning to an object. Good pots reveal themselves through time and use, and I hope to make pots that can speak for themselves long enough to do so.

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