Richard Aerni Artist Statement:
I am a full-time potter working in a home studio in Rochester, NY. I produce wood ash glazed functional stoneware, selling out of my showroom, online and at galleries all around the country.
I learned my craft in a community studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, rather than in an academic institution, as is common today. Surrounded by extremely talented and generous potters, I learned much of what I needed to know to earn my living. Michael Frasca, Brenda Brown Tarbell, Michael Astalos, Bob Hasselle and Pam Korte are just a few of the folks to whom I owe a large debt of gratitude. It was a good way to learn, without academic term deadlines and able to absorb and progress at my own speed.
After a few more years working and learning in other potteries, I set up shop in Cincinnati and worked with Michael Frasca, and later Allan Nairn at Spring Street Pottery.
We produced a line of gallery pots and architectural work until 1987, when I moved to the Finger Lakes region of western New York State. I worked in beautiful rural solitude for 16 years before moving to Rochester.
I shared a large studio in the Hungerford Building in Rochester for 18 years with Carolyn Dilcher Stutz Each of us produced our own line of work, as well as a large number of collaborative pieces. As of 2022 we have built a home studio on our property in Rochester, and welcome shoppers, with appointment, for in person shopping.