While living in La Paz, Bolivia, with my family in 2000, I had the exceptional opportunity to study under a local master ceramic artist. I enrolled in his class as a way to hone my Spanish language skills, but came away with much more than a better understanding of the language - I came away with a love for ceramics and all things clay. Upon my return to the United States, I purchased a pottery wheel, kiln, and a few tools to start a home studio. I spent much of the next two years at the wheel learning to create a variety of forms, large and small. I sold my first pieces a few years later and was encouraged to open a shop and sell my wares online - the beginning of Montezuma Mudd Pottery.
I am captivated by the versatility of clay - the endless possibilities. A simple ball of clay can become something so very different and unique depending on the artist and the moment. I prefer clean, simple lines and forms, and functional pieces that feel comfortable enough to use everyday, like a favorite pair of sneakers or a worn-out pair of blue jeans.