Petal Plate


Holly Walker
Petal Plate | Peach with Grey Hexagon
Hand-built terracotta, slips, glazes
1.5H x 8W x 8D inches
Item #15-06

1 in stock


“My current work is influenced, as always, by my internal logic as well as daily occurrences. Lately, auditory cues seem to fuel me as much as visual sensations. It could be the singular birdsong at first light that becomes a cacophony of voices creating a layering of pitch, texture, and rhythm, which is suddenly shot through with the town’s train whistle. Or listening to a Beethoven sonata, its structure presented, expanded, broken, enhanced, the pulse quickened. Or playing Poulenc nocturnes on the piano: the unusual chords unfamiliar to hand but yielding such satisfaction. Observances such as these weave through my day in the studio, sifting out in mysterious and abstract ways. I remain open to the idea that an unforeseen disruption can lead to a novel outcome.

Visually, I’m drawn to playful, rich, oddball colors. I aim for isolation and clarity of color, as well as luminosity. I find inspiration in such diverse works as the lush paintings of Thomas Nozkowski and the pieced quilts of Gee’s Bend. I lean toward more austere, spare forms: architectonic, Shakeresque. I often use geometric structure to map the space of a pot. The pinched coils create a visual texture, tempo and rhythm, inherent to the process. Antiphonal call and response music seems the perfect parallel of working intuitively in the studio, as each exchange with the clay beckons the next.”

-Holly Walker

Artist Info

Holly has been a studio potter since 1979. She received a BFA in Painting from Ohio University in 1974, and her MFA from Louisiana State University in 1990, and in between she participated in Penland’s Core Fellowship program. After serving as Executive Director of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (ME) from 1990-1995, she has returned to the Penland area in various capacities – most recently as instructor. Her exhibition and teaching resume is at least ten pages of active making and sharing skills.

Holly Walker is currently living and working in Vermont. Exhibiting and teaching workshops nationally, her lecturing also includes Northern Clay Center and University of Colorado. Teaching includes Rhode Island School of Design, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Haystack and Penland Schools of Craft. She is a featured artist in numerous books including “Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color” by Brian Taylor and Kate Doody, and “American iPottery” by Kevin Hluch.