We had the good fortune of connecting with Maxine Krasnow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maxine, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the Tucson Clay Co-op is successful because our students and members feel that it is their studio, and that our studio represents their values. Our collectively thrown mugs and bowls – one person throws, another trims, another handles and another glazes is successful because it is win win – the customer gets a beautiful piece of hand crafted pottery at affordable prices and 100% of the profit goes to improve our beloved pottery studio. Our students feel it is a great opportunity to be studying with teachers who have been making pots for over 30 years and are grateful for the expert guidance they receive.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My passion now is firing my work exclusively in my wood soda kiln. I am producing teapots, saki sets, serving bowls, rice bowls, mugs and more. I am currently experimenting with seashells,
putting chicken grit in the clay, and coloured slips. Each load is fired in 100 running feet of
1 by 2 inch wood lathing that has been in a supersaturated solution of soda ash and baking soda
for 5 days. The kiln usually reached Cone 10 in ten hours and is stoked for five.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Sabino Canyon, Tubac, 4th Avenue, Lost Barrio and when the pandemic is over Zenams, Tumerico, Pizza at Time Market, Roma
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is to my teacher Byron Temple, who was a student at the Leach Pottery in England. I studied with Byron at the YMCA in NYC – He taught me the fundamentals of what makes an
excellent pot. He also affectionately gave me the nickname Maximillan.
I also want to give a shoutout to Bruce Bower, who generously shared his plans for converting
a dead electric kiln into a wood/soda kiln.
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