Colleen Owens - Potter
I started working in clay nearly twenty-five years ago as a creative outlet while I finished my degree at the University of Colorado. I was not sure what I wanted to do as a career after graduating, but I did know that working with my hands and creating something of my own sparked an unexpected interest to me. I was driven to spend all my time at my potter’s wheel, so eventually making pottery became my primary focus.
In the beginning, like most artists, I went all in by learning the skills and gaining the required knowledge to be successful. I spent many years practicing at the wheel, making glazes, and firing kilns. I found help along the way when I joined Castle Clay Artists in Denver. These established artists generously shared their knowledge, gave me a place to work, and helped me to start selling my pottery. After getting married and starting a family, I decided to build my first pottery studio in my home. This allowed me to be a full time mom while continuing to pursue my passion to be a potter.
I have focused on creating functional pottery because I want my work to be both beautiful and useful; my intention is to connect people to the simple pleasure of handmade goods. I work with stoneware clay bodies because they provide durability and long-lasting beauty with continued use. Today, my work revolves around two distinct styles or lines of work. The first, and most popular, is my “Farmhouse” line, which features minimalist forms that incorporate modern and rustic elements. I use a warm beige clay body and a soft white glaze for these pieces. I have also recently introduced a sage green glaze to this work. While simple, these pieces have lots of character and easily blend into any environment.
My decorative line of work features more intricate designs that allow me to express myself as an artist. For these pieces, I use a variety of modalities including carving patterns, making clay impressions, chattering on the clay surface, or decorating with clay slip. I prefer a white stoneware clay body for these pieces which allows me to use a wider palette of glaze colors that enhance the final product.
I live in Arvada Colorado with my husband, three kids, and two cats. When I am not in the studio, I enjoy cooking good food, taking long walks, hiking and skiing.