Friday, August 31, 2012

Loretta Languet

Salt-Fired Stoneware from Vermont

A new potter at Pinch, Loretta Languet grew up in a small town in central Maine. It wasn’t until college that Languet “became kidnapped by clay,” buying her first wheel after she sat in on a lecture given by potter Ellen Shankin at Alfred University. Languet has always been drawn to create functional pots, designed for beauty as well as comfort of use. Her finely crafted stoneware mugs, plates and bowls are intended for everyday use, while other pieces are perfect for special occasions.

Languet decided to stay in Vermont after participating in a one-year artist in residence there in 2000. Now based in Waitsfield, VT, her pottery is first thrown on the potter’s wheel. While the pots are still wet they are decorated with different atmospheric slips designed to utilize the kiln’s unique effects. The pots are glazed in a variety of colors and patterns before being fired in a salt kiln. 

As Languet puts it, “Salt firing can be extremely unpredictable, and failures occur in every kiln load. However it is this very unpredictability that potters find so rewarding. Aside from the natural warm browns that firing with salt produces, unexpected colors and marks often appear as if by magic. 

"It is these effects, these gifts from the kiln, which make salt firing so endlessly compelling. The results are one of a kind pieces that unify the mark of the artist and the process of creation.” Dishwasher and microwave safe, if you love what you see here or have any questions, please call Pinch at 413-586-4509 or email us at