Andy Ward
traditional SW pottery

Pottery Gallery

I have never used a potter’s wheel, a kiln or even store bought clay, I have been making pottery this way since I was in high school in the late 80s. A great deal of work goes into a vessel made in this way, from collecting and processing clay and paints, to forming and firing in the traditional way. Mostly self-taught, I have never attending any class or formal instruction on the subject, although I do owe a debt of gratitude to the prehistoric potters of Southeast Arizona, whose work has inspired and taught me and also to those modern potters who shared information with me.

This collection of photos attempts to illustrate the whole process from exploring for new materials, processing raw materials into quality ingredients, forming, smoothing, polishing, decorating and firing. They are organized into a roughly chronological order.