Nancy Gallagher Pottery is a working pottery studio and store located in a quaint converted ‘peep house’ on an 18th century farm in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania. Concentrating in wheel thrown and altered stoneware; I am most interested in putting a new spin on traditional pots, and tend to be somewhat influenced by historic British and Medieval forms.
I hope to make honest pots; pots that are self-evident. By self-evident, I don’t mean to infer simplicity; moreover, self-evident in that the pot captures someone’s attention due to the very nature of its intended use. Pots that invite touch, invite use; a pot that people will turn over in their hands to examine a bit more closely, feeling the weight it imparts. Honest pots that show the mark of the maker; a fingerprint, some throwing rings, subtle nuances in design that are repeated throughout my work.
I have studied in classes and workshops under a variety of professional potters, both in the US and UK and appreciate their widely encompassing points of view and having these contribute to my individual style. When in doubt, I always look to mentor and friend, Bill van Gilder and am truly thankful for his advice and encouragement over the years.
I am drawn back again and again to traditional slipware and hope to encompass that someday into my work.