About Jason Hartsoe
My ceramic education has been pursued through avenues of apprenticeship and assisting master potters. This includes work and studies in Tokoname, Japan, at Winchcombe Pottery in England, with Dan Finnegan in Virginia and with Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish in North Carolina. In 2017 I had the honor of being a visiting artist for the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy. In 2018 I was a short term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. I am currently finishing a three year artist-in-residency at Penland School of Craft and am looking forward to setting up my own home and studio this autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
Successful art has a firm foundation in the work that came before it. Working within a tradition is not necessarily a formula for maintaining, but can be a disciplined path in which to continue the consequential thread of craft and to make things new. Building on and blending the seemingly disparate ceramic traditions of our world and varying these themes into new translations and experimentations allows my work to progress. It is my hope that this referential work will remind us that these functional forms are necessary and that through interaction this work will have a humanizing effect; it will slow us down and remind us of the significance of the timeless daily rituals which make us human.