Bradley Speer, Potter
Everything is just better in clay.
I make my art with purpose and function.My work intends to please visually, displayed on a shelf or on a wall, but also to work serving dinner or holding a favorite beverage.Color, shape, texture, expression, and touch all play roles in the ceramic experience.
My ceramic journey started in 1990 when I was senior biology major and student-athlete at Pomona College. I needed an art credit to satisfy my graduation requirements. I discovered ceramics and took the first of what has turned out to be many ceramics classes.
In 1995, I started the Masters of Physical Therapy program at Pacific University. I also started to re-explore my creativity. It started with a furniture building at the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts. I then registered for ceramics at Portland Community College and learned of salt-ﬁring from instructor Richey Bellinger. These classes inspired me to return to OCAC for a ﬁring techniques class taught by Jim Kouldelka.
Fast forward to 2006 when I made a big move from Portland to rural Yamhill County. I continued to take OCAC community ceramics courses and, slowly, started introducing my work to the community as a participant of the Art Harvest Studio in Yamhill County.
In 2013, after racking up many miles on my truck, we started to build a studio and kiln yard. Both are still in progress but I’m able to make my beverage-inspired and functional ceramics on the farm.