May 27, 2018

Guillermo Cuellar

Guillermo, me, Laurie Cuellar

It’s been an honor to show alongside Guillermo Cuellar at his studio during the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour. Guillermo invited me to the 2016 tour and I showed for the last 3 years. Here is an excerpt from his statement that can be found on his website,

Clay is infinitely receptive and expressive; it records the character of the maker, the circumstances of making and the use given to it. In use our hands can sense every mark, every ridge and dent, left by the hands of the potter. Maybe that is why so many potters love to cook, it gives us an excuse to handle and appreciate these wonderful pieces.

Exquisite beauty can be found in pots made primarily for use. They may dwell more comfortably in a home, a kitchen, or the dinner table, than on display in a gallery or a museum. But to me their significance comes not only from the preparing and sharing of food but also from bringing that unique beauty into our daily lives.