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Not everyone recognizes the power of pottery, but not everyone has seen Keith Kreeger’s handcrafted ceramics.

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- I firmly believe that objects matter and are an important part of your daily life. I've been making pottery well over 20 years, so learning how to make an object and how it's used and how it gets passed across a table became part of why I make things. My name is Keith Kreeger of Keith Kreeger Studios. What I love about ceramics is that it connects people together. It connects people both in the meal that they're sharing, the objects that they're enjoying, the flowers that they've cut from their garden and put in their vases. It also connects you to a much broader history of humans. Ages ago people were nomadic. And then at some point they had to start cooking and storing food, and ceramics became one of the first things that brought civilization together. Any piece that I make, for me starts on the wheel. The idea is that's my sketching and I'm gonna make a form. I'm gonna perfect that form. We're gonna throw, gonna make that piece. It's a long process, throwing, letting it dry, trimming and cleaning, all that kinda stuff. So for our Gramercy Vase, what we did is took a form and made plaster mold out of it, and that plaster mold allows us to reproduce that piece. And so what we do there is then slip casting, which means liquid clay gets poured into that form, sets up a little bit. The piece gets dumped out and there's a little shell of a wall that that clay has now dried. Then it gets cleaned up. Then it gets bisque fired. It gets glazed. The turquoise goes on. When that glaze works, it's stunning. Gold gets brushed on. And I like to let it drip a little bit. It gives some movement to the piece, gets your eye moving, gets some life back into that piece. And then it goes in for that third firing. And then after that firing with gold, it comes back out the next day and it's ready for flowers. I like that at the end of the day, I can see what happened. There's a product. There's a concrete example of how my day went. What makes it personal to me, I guess really is that I made it, that my touch is in there, that my hands were part of this piece that's gonna last quite literally forever.

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