Lawson Pottery was first established in Hawaii during my last year in college. I moved back to Maryland to pursue my dream of being an archaeologist, but spent much of my free time refining my pottery skills. After a few years of splitting my time between working out in the field and playing in the studio, I realized that I needed to solely focus on my burning passion. Struggling with the idea that I was abandoning my love of archaeology to make room for my love of pottery, I saw a glimpse of light - I wasn’t abandoning one thing for the other, but connecting the two by creating work that will be discovered long after I’m gone. That gave me comfort and dissolved any lingering reservations I had. As a potter, I now have peace of mind while expressing my fire within. There really is a fine line between work and clay.
Through my work, I strive to encourage your creativity, daydreaming, exploration, excitement, passion, and happiness in your day to day life. It puts a smile on my face knowing my work is going to a good home and, hopefully, inspiring you to try and explore new things.
Lately, when I’m not in the studio, I spend a lot of time daydreaming of ways to capture the essence of lava in my work. Volcanic eruptions, lava flows, and lava rocks are beautiful reflections of life; reminders that even though life may be chaotic, we take different pathways – so why not appreciate what we have and the journeys taken to get where we are? Our lives maybe temporary – but our contributions are permanent.
From concept to a finished piece, I try to plan every aspect, but occasionally the clay has a mind of its own. When that happens, it encourages me to explore a new direction. It’s amazing how lost I can get. I often end up with a better outcome or a whole new world to explore through clay. Getting lost in the moment can lead us to different and exciting new places, but if we never take that first step, we’ll always wonder what if.