Jan Richardson

I am primarily a hand builder, working with slab , extruded parts and applied embellishment. I currently work  with mid range and hi fire clays. The glaze effects of the wood fire, as well as the salt and soda  firing atmospheres have also been an important part of my exploration. In  addition to the  sculptural applications  I have been working on a number of functional pieces, with porcelain paper clay. The paper clay permits the maker to work with extremely thin clay and make shapes that are more extreme. This material has unlimited possibilities for both sculptural and functional work. With these materials and firing techniques, I hope to produce pieces that will not only be functional but will  provide a pleasurable experience both during use and when the objects are on display.  

I have worked in clay since 1960, learning and then developing a handbuilding production studio in Maryland which was in operation from 1977 to 2006.  Windy Meadows Pottery  handbuilt stoneware houses are collected  world wide. I developed a unique style and a very good marketing program. This marketing program  encouraged folks to collect many pieces. During that time I displayed my work at major fine art festivals all over the United States, primarily on the east coast and Florida with forays to Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee ,Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, West Virginia, Portland ,Oregon and Bellevue, Washington.  

In 2006 I moved to a remote beach in Washington state to regroup and explore all the ideas which had been lurking in my mind. I was able to participate in a variety of wood firings and work with potters on the west coast, travel to Italy and study at the International Institute for Ceramics, at La Meridiana, in Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy. During this period, I would winter in St. Petersburg and I  began a wonderful relationship and learning experience with the potters at the Morean Center for Clay at the Train Station, in St. Petersburg, Florida .

In 2014 I moved to the Kenwood neighborhood in St. Petersburg and began working at the Morean Center for Clay at the Train Station. The ability to work with  a dedicated group of potters and to share with others who are drawn towards these interests provides an exciting learning and working environment.