Theo Helmstadter portfolio
I’ve been a full-time studio potter since 1998. From each firing of the kiln I try & pick out a few pieces that represent new directions, or good achievements, or just fine examples of typical, personal, work. It’s all cone ten reduction-fired stoneware.
I learned clay through apprenticeship, and then by working on my own – experimenting, digging clay, building kilns. Most of the pots are wheel-thrown, or thrown & altered. Many glazes are formulated with materials I’ve dug nearby, here in Northern New Mexico. These days I miss that first solitary decade in the studio, when I acquainted myself with my aesthetic sense and my studio practice – but I love teaching, and running a busy studio filled with students, and classes, and new potters getting acquainted with their own aesthetic sense and way of working.