551 Tremont Street – BCA Studio #B-6
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

darrellfinnegan@gmail.com

http://www.darrellfinnegan.com

 

I am a potter and ceramics instructor specializing in wheel-thrown and hand-altered pottery. My studio is located in Boston, Massachusetts where I am elbow deep in pottery and teaching. My attention is drawn to an object’s form and the utilitarian aspects that may reference another place and time.
I admire rural pottery traditions such as the honest approach of English country slip ware and the spontaneous surface gesture of Japanese Onda.

I’m also inspired by numerous potters, both American and British who have emerged from the Leach legacy. While combining both wheel thrown and hand-altering techniques, my attention is drawn to an object’s form and the utilitarian aspects that may reference another place and time.
Contrary to the perceived limitations of the electric kiln, I aim to create bold, functional forms that are oxidation fired with glazes formulated to show depth and surface variation.

I studied at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and at the Harvard Ceramics Program.
Currently I manage the Ceramic Studio at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I have been teaching since 1997. There, I guide students to value technique and to troubleshoot numerous aspects of the creative process. With a love of materials, tools and purity of form I believe the artist’s soul, touch and gesture is evident in every piece; linking the user with a process that spans thousands of years. I follow the tradition of ‘teacher and artist’ as I strive to create ceramics that invite use.