Yvon Kennon – Potter
The first teeny tiny plate which came out of my first woodfiring immediately made me realize that that’s what I wanted to do…. as much as possible…whenever possible…. I so love the unpredictable outcome of a woodfiring, when a group of people over a 24-36 hour period work hard (and play hard!) to create the best possible circumstances for pots to shine. I truly believe this community effort shows in the pots coming out of a wood fire: they have been fashioned and forged and now each tell their own survival story.
My work is mainly functional, although I’ve been known to stray into purely decorative. I work in stoneware and porcelain…. and tell myself that one of these days, I will have that porcelain pot with a Malcolm Davis shino which will take my breath away… something to strive for!
I was born and raised in the Netherlands, lived in England, Spain and Japan before settling in the USA many, many moons ago. I admire the deceivingly simple beauty of the work of Shoji Hamada, Jack Troy, Kevin Crowe: an inspiration and something to aspire to every time I touch clay.
Creating pottery involves all the elements: earth which gets formed with the help of a bit of water, air to dry and fire to harden… I think that process will not grow old for me anytime soon.
I hope you will have a chance to come and visit with me sometime!