About Bert: I have been an artist my whole life. Drawing is the one thing that I can say came naturally to me. My mother might say a little too naturally to a four year old with a box of crayons and a blank wall. As I started my formal training at the University of Wisconsin- Madison I stumbled upon a Ceramics class. I was drawn to the seldom used potter’s wheels in a corner of the studio. The spinning motion and fluidity of the clay was hypnotic and I was hooked immediately.
I make functional pots with the hope that in using them, people will be reminded to slow down and notice the beauty that surrounds us. From a crashing wave to a weathered stone to the rain and the sunrise our world is astonishingly beautiful if we take the time to lift our eyes and see it. I believe that incorporating handmade aesthetic objects into our daily lives helps us to keep in touch with our essential humanity.
Shop for Bert’s wheel thrown and altered stoneware at Ivy Building on Dec. 1-2 during the Frolic.