Deborah Staub Luft
Blue Bowl, white stoneware
“I love being a potter in the continuum of potters throughout human history who make useful pots that express both the sensuous fluidity of clay and a purposeful energy. My pots reflect the importance of the small rituals of everyday life: images of mugs of coffee cradled in the early morning, a cereal bowl held aloft by a toddler intent upon draining the last drops of milk from the bottom, aromatic, steaming baking dishes full of macaroni and cheese, eggplant parmigiana, and apple crisp brought proudly to the table, and large handled platters laden with meat and vegetables swooped upon hungrily by our college women’s swim team. My pots are a part of the sublimely mundane life of my family, and I am honored when you choose them to be a part of your special everyday moments.
Lately, my responsibilities to family, and the restrictions of the pandemic, have curtailed much of the actual making of my pots in my studio. I have been re-focused on the simple pleasures of using of my work as I spend more time making and drinking hot tea, hot chocolate, and coffee from my mugs with cocooned family, baking and cooking in my casseroles and baking dishes, and serving nutritious meals including colorful salads, and full-bodied soups in my bowls and dinner plates. I am seeing first-hand the positive and comforting effects of being surrounded by useful and beautiful objects that bring me, and those I love, comfort in a difficult time. The fact that I created these beloved objects brings me joy. They will still be comforting in “normal” times, and we long for that time as well.”