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In the studio I like to do

Handbuilding, Throwing on the Wheel, Sculpting, Everything to do with Ceramics

Pottery Wheel


Clay body

Earthenware, Stoneware, Porcelain

Clay Brand

Amherst Potters Supply

Kiln Type

Gas Kiln, Pit firing

Kiln Atmosphere

Reduction Atmosphere


saggar and cone 10 reduction


Saggar fire no glaze

Cone 10 reduction

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About Me


I am Judith Motzkin. I have been working in clay for over 40 years. I make urns for ashes –SpiritKeeper Urns; I make stoneware pots for baking bread — BreadPots; I make sculptures, installations and assemblages using clay as central medium. I live in Massachusetts. My studio is in an old stable in Cambridge and my gas kilns are in the woods of Wellfleet on Cape Cod.

What I Love about Ceramics

What I love about ceramics is the intersection of the science of the material, cultural history, flexibility and accessibility. The job requires such a variety of skills and activities. I believe it is useful to know a lot about one thing and a little about a lot of things. This medium gives opportunity to do just that. It never is without challencges.

How I started with ceramics

I was walking past the “pot shop” in the student union at Cornell University when I walked in and picked up a piece of clay. I signed up, then and there, for beginner classes. Within 6 months I was teaching throwing and went on to work at the shop as a student job through college. At the time I was studying Asian Art History.

What inspires me

I was a student of Asian Art History, writing about the development of porcelain in Tang Dynasty China when I first touched that material. I did my first raku firing while learning the history of the Korea-Japan pottery wars. I am influenced by asian history of ceramics and by Mexican and Native American clay.

What I'm working on at the moment

work work work, tis the season.

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