About DAVID & JUNKO YOUNG
David Young began working with clay in high school in Glenelg, MD. He studied ceramics at Columbia Antioch College. He then traveled to Japan and worked with a potter in Shigaraki for a summer. He apprenticed under Rebecca Moy at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton, MD and then became a business partner. Junko met David there when she came from Japan to study. After graduating from college, she worked for David in the studio. She then went back to Japan to attend a ceramic training school in Seto. David, eventually following, they began traveling around Japan visiting various kiln sites, during which time they not only discovered a deeper love for pottery, but also for each other! Once they got married and returned to MD, they worked together in clay, teaching at local community centers and schools. They settled in Gettysburg PA where they with their four sons work together in studio/gallery/produce stand.
Who am I that I could make a pot? Or am I just playing?…God allows me to play, and I make these pots. Oftentimes, I find His laughter accompanying my efforts, laughing with me at the fun and beauty of touching clay. Aren’t we still being molded by the One who made the stars, sand, and sea? As we gain in years, we think about putting away small things, toys, things of fancy, but as I aged, God gave me a larger sandbox to play in. God’s Name in Hebrew means “breathing in and out.” As I see the wheel turning and the pot gathering up in my hands, it exhales as I bring it in and inhales as I bring it out…And aren’t we back at the beginning where God breathed life into man? And some of us lucky ones get to play in the clay as we breathe in and out.