Dean and Martin Pottery
I try to make pots that embody a strong sense of form. The forms generally come from something that I have seen in nature, or from a walk in a city or a town. Historical ceramics, architectural landscapes and oddly enough metal sculpture, jewelry,glass, and paintings seem to run through my mind whenever I am making my work as well. In whatever I create, I am always trying to balance form, function, and design into a cohesive grouping that will be pleasing to the owner. Most of my work is fired in a gas fired kiln to cone 10. I use light colored stoneware clay, as well as local stoneware clay and porcelain to make the work. Some of the work that I produce is fired in a wood-burning kiln. Wood-firing to me is the purest and most natural way to fire clay. The marks that are achieved during a long firing are so beautiful that it is hard to believe that they were born of true serendipity. Whatever way I choose to finish the work seems to be only the vehicle for this most elusive and malleable of materials... clay.
Jeff Dean 2011

My work focuses on concepts of memory and nostalgia. It is an exploration of recollections of the past, and our ability to use these experiences to define and shape our personalities. Memory is part of our identity. It permeates our thoughts, and is a place to find solitude or melancholy. By analyzing my own memories from childhood experiences, it is my hope that the work will invite the viewer to investigate his/her own self-identity through their past memories.
Stephanie Martin 2011