Running Bunny Pottery

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I operate Running Bunny Pottery out of my home studio in Fort Worth, Texas, where I do primarily three kinds of work:

Functional stoneware. I love birds and animals, so I make a lot of outdoor art: windchimes, birdfeeders, and bird houses. Other favorites include coffee mugs, bowls, ikebana vases, salt pigs and shakers, egg separators, and other useable household goods. I enjoy testing colored glazes and coming up with beautiful combinations. These items are primarily made of high-fired stoneware.

Porcelain pots and cups. For the last few years, I have been decorating porcelain pots and cups with birds, bunnies, cats, cows, sheep, frogs - you name it! There are two techniques I employ. I either paint the figures with underglaze on dry greenware, or I paint the entire damp pot with underglaze and carve the design into the pot, giving them the look of a wood-block print. These are also high-fired.

Raku, horsehair and other alternative-firing techniques. These are all non-food-safe pots, ranging in size from itty-bitty wishing pots to larger pots. Alternative firing has the advantage of immediate gratification! After bisque firing a piece, I glaze it (raku), or dip it in a special slip (naked raku), or wrap it in toilet paper and tin foil (sagger), or just heat it up and drop horsehair on it. The pot is done in an hour or less, as opposed to the 24 hours taken by a regular firing.


How I got here.

I have been working in pottery since 2007. I started after meeting Janet Rodriguez, a local potter and teacher, at a pottery show. I took weekly lessons from her for about eighteen months, then joined the Pottery Activity at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association, which allowed me more frequent access to the studio, as well as equipment and lots of helpful people. Eventually I began building a home studio. I have added to my education through workshops with many locally- and nationally-known ceramic artists. Everyone I have worked with in some way has helped shape my art.

I am a member of the Texas Pottery & Sculpture Guild, a group of amateurs and professionals in the DFW area. The feedback and encouragement I have received from my fellow members has been tremedously important to me and my development as a clay artist.

I am constantly experimenting and refining my technique. That's the great thing about clay - you can always find something new, no matter how long you've been doing it.

- Thea Patterson