Harper Pottery — Clay
Jonathan Harper has been making functional stoneware pots as his career for 32 years. He began his business in Burlington and is presently in Waterdown, Ontario. This work takes him to approximately twenty to thirty retail craft shows each year ranging from Ontario, Quebec, New York, Michigan, and Vermont. His wares are also sold in a number of Ontario craft stores.
Jonathan is drawn to stoneware and the rock and water contrasts you can create in it. Most of his carvings are influenced by the rhythms of basketry and block printing, as well as his love of biological diversity. Jonathan works by placing colour in the form of stained porcelain on the raw clay and cutting through it with a wire loop tool. A translucent white glaze is applied over top of the decoration, which softens the colour and makes the pots more usable.
Jonathan’s decorations are robust, so his forms have tended to be simple in contrast. Nonetheless, he still plays a lot with the parts of pots and keep a sense of humour in them.
Jonathan’s pottery is both dishwasher and microwave safe.