The 17th studio. That’s what this is for Timothy Weber, who’s been throwing clay since forming his first pot in high school in 1967. He’s been a man on the move, particularly around the southeast, where he’s studied and practiced his art most of his adult life. It’s a long way away from his birth state of Idaho, but he’s grown attached to the region and particularly the Nashville area. He prefers its diversity, beauty, and abundance of potential buyers within a day’s drive.
Over the years, he’s honed his work process, moving many portions and elements from one studio to the next. He’s also discovered the incredible convenience of living above the work place, putting in a disciplined day but also drifting downstairs in the evening hours or on weekends as the spirit moves or the product orders demand. Timothy describes himself as a “production potter”, shepherding a group of pieces as one unit through the various stages - throwing, trimming, firing, glazing, firing again. As we met, 14 lamp bases rested on the table between stages. It’s the same table 5 ladies sit around for several hours twice weekly to learn from Timothy and build their skills and friendship.
Between “production runs”, the artist returns to his current passion, mixed media raku. Borrowing influences from Asia and Africa, and blending wood, clay, metal, and fiber together, this style best expresses Timothy’s interest in neo-primitive art.
Not terribly unlike most of the rest of us, he could always use more space and is looking for it, a place to house multiple kilns, wheels, tables, ware board shelving, and, of course, a place for the ladies to spend their happy Tuesdays and Thursdays together with everything they need close at hand.
From the artist: "My studio is a creative refuge that allows me to do the work I love and am passionate about."