Larry Allen

From the first moment I saw vessels formed on the potter’s wheel, I was fascinated. And to this day I still haven’t gotten over the fascination.

I have exhibited and sold my work throughout the United States. All the pottery work from start to finish is done solely by me.

All vessels are wheel-thrown which is the process of forming clay vessels on the potter’s wheel. The technique I use for decorating pots is called sgraffito which means to scratch away and reveal what is underneath. After each vessel is thrown and allowed to stiffen (leather hard) it is coated with a colored slip (a liquid clay solution).

Designs are carved into the surface, revealing the clay vessel. This sophisticated method of incising leather hard clay is particularly well suited for intricately defined detail. Early examples of this technique can be found in the ancient Greek vases.

The designs that I work with now are architectural in form and mostly influenced by Native American and African motifs. Also, I was affected greatly by the 911 event and inspired by the nation uniting itself around one cause so I developed the “Unity” design which repeats itself on various pottery shapes and forms. I also knew that that moment of unity expressed by our congressional leaders was only temporary. I felt the need to remind people that UNITY is what it’s all about.