Covert Potters Association



OOOoooooohhhhhh. Pretty! Ask A Potter

OOOhhhhhh. Pretty. Have you ever wondered what kind of pottery potters have in their house? Well I do? And I had to ask: What is your favorite pot that you own?

Sally Anne: When I thought about this question, so many pots went through my head. I have 94% my pots, 5% other peoples pots and 1% store pots. I have to admit, sadly, I am my favorite potter. I like to think it’s a good thing…hehehe. And as I thought about this question, I realized that I tend to love the last pots out of the kiln as my favorite. I’m in love with a little black mountain with a drippy korean blue Celadon glaze. It’s has a crazy stamped design and a beautiful round body. It’s perky. And it reminds me to make more, to push the decoration and to be true to myself.


Chris: Like many people/potters I collect.  So I have all these tea bowls, mugs and tumblers that I use on a daily basis. I enjoy choosing which to use on a particular morning.  It makes the morning routine a bit special.  There’s a tea bowl from Tom Coleman, a Birdie Boone and many others.  And yes there is one of mine!  These are some of them.  This morning I enjoyed my Heidi Brandenburg!

Evan: The blue falcon.

So, what is your favorite pot/art work that you own?

We’d love to hear your questions for the Covert Potters. Please leave a comment with any question you may have and we will try to get them answered as quickly as possible! Thank you… read on.



What’s Your Muse? Ask A Potter

Inspiration! It can be the muse that lets your mind run wild and your leads your hands to create with joy. It can knock you over, whisper in you ear or leave you high and dry. We’d like to know: What, if anything, do you consistently draw inspiration from?

Celeste: I am inspired by nature and by works created during the art nouveau movement.

Sally Anne: Food. Sometimes it’s what I’m hungry for or food I’ve been eating and I think: How would I serve this. And sometimes it’s just a need I have. I need plates or a butter dish. I’ll get on a kick and then walk away until I get excited about that form or idea again Nature. The clouds in the sky, bark on a tree, leaves, mountains, rocks, etc. I’m a big fan of seed pods. I like to keep track of the changing of the season’s via pods.  Conversations/interactions with people. Sometimes things happen between me and someone else and I will put a response in clay.  I’ll steal. Sometimes I see someone doing something or a piece in a shop and I think: I can do that better. And I’ll process it out in my head and do it.

And life in general.

Chris: The smell of the salt air as you approach the beach, orange blossoms in the morning or the innocence of the children at work

Evan: Nothing’s consistent.

Is there anything in your life that always puts a creative thought in your head?

We’d love to hear your questions for the Covert Potters. Please leave a comment with any questions you may have and we will try to get them answered as quickly as possible! Thank you… read on.



ART From The Ashes

The opening of the show is coming up, save the date!!  Saturday June 19.  Covert Potters Chris McCormick, Sally Anne Stahl, Celeste Iida and Evan Vieser have all created works of art for this event.  Hope you can make it!Art From The Ashes



Other Mediums? Ask A Potter

I don’t know an artistic person that sticks to their medium solely. There is so much out there to be seen, worked with and known. We just have to ask: What other mediums do you work in?

Celeste: Food. Fabric. I used to sew all of my evening clothes until I met clay.  Since meeting clay, my wardrobe has down graded to sweats and jeans but I don’t mind.

Evan: My art is mainly contained to clay but occasionally I’ll paint and photograph roads. 

Sally Anne: Glass. Just started to fuse, but I’d love to learn how to blow. I play with photography and yarn. I’d would love to learn how to weave.

Chris: I like to paint and sculpt though it has been a while.  I have to say I am increasingly intrigued by and drawn to glass and am looking forward to taking some classes and “getting on the torch” as it were.

So what materials are making your heart sing and your hands move?

We’d love to hear your questions for the Covert Potters. Please leave a comment below with any questions you may have and we will try to get them answered as quickly as possible! Thank you… read on.



The Perfect Mothers Day Gift ~ Handmade Ceramics

Give the gift of handmade this Mothers Day!  Come on out to the Annual Spring Sale at the Xiem Clay Center in Pasadena California.  Covert Potters Sally Anne Stahl and Chris McCormick will be there with thier latest creations. Chris will also be showcasing his tshirt line “Peace-Out!“.  The Sale starts Friday night, come on by and share some food and drink and check out the latest ceramic creations!



Insecure?… Ask A Potter

With all the talk about National Security, let’s talk about personal insecurity…. Describe an insecurity you deal with in making your work?

Sally Anne: The idea of beauty. Is my idea acceptable to others? I know I shouldn’t care, but I do…

Chris: Is it done? No, just a little more, CRAP!  Always second guessing myself

Celeste: I am less anxious about the building process now that muscle retention is part of my being. I still have concerns about the glazing and the glaze firing but refuse to change to a different firing temperature.

What are the insecurities that you fine are running around your head when you are working on your art?

We’d love to hear your questions for the Covert Potters. Please leave a comment below with any questions you may have and we will try to get them answered as quickly as possible! Thank you… read on.