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homestead lloking from the top of the meadow down to the wood fire kiln and studio buildingThe most important pots I make are those that tell a story about my relationships with food rituals and my life in the Oregon Coast Range. I see my primal nature as that of a farmer - hunter - gather. I carefully tend a small year around garden at home and grow saw timber trees on my Alsea farm. My Digger Mountain studio and cabin is located 27 miles up river from the Alsea Bay and brings me in close contact with the Pacific Ocean.

One defining experience from this environment is raking crabs and clams on daybreak minus tides in the summer - or in the fall with a lantern at night. I wade the bay with a special garden rake and a gunnysack strapped over the shoulder for the catch. Looking through the water I search for the faint suggestion of a buried crab under the rill marked patterns in the sand with a mosaic of shells and seaweed scattered on the bay floor.


Jay harvesting seaweed at the oregon coast for use on his wood-fire plattersThe coast trip usually includes a visit to tide pools below the massive basalt rock formations of the Cape Perpetua headlands. On a worn path to the waters edge I cross an Indian shell midden and dodge waves from the incoming tide to harvest a bucket of mussels, collect seaweed, and carry home a rock or two.

This interaction with the natural world has become integrated in my pots and is a spiritual base for my aesthetic reference in clay. The pots that come from this naturalistic experience are the closest to my personal center and give back strength to heal the soul. -- Jay Widmer


Jay shows his work at the following locations:


Pegasus Gallery :: Corvallis, OR

The Arts Center :: Corvallis, OR

Navigator News :: Sisters, OR

Don Terra Artworks :: Sisters, OR

Perspectives Gallery :: Bend, OR

Riversea Gallery :: Astoria, OR

Oregon Potters Association Showcase :: Portland, OR :: April 29th & 30th, May 1st - Oregon Convention Center

Bounty of Benton County :: Open house and sale at the Alsea Anagama kiln. Typically held on Labor Day Weekend

Linn-Benton Community College Faculty Show :: LBCC Albany Campus, OR :: held in September


Additionally, Jay holds studio sales at his home in Corvallis twice a year.

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helpful links:

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Alsea Anagama Crew Member web sites:

teds pot teds pot erics pot debs pot cynthia pot pats pot
Amy Em Ted Ernst Eric Moran Deb Sether Cynthia Spencer Pat Weber

For Supplies:

Georgies - located in Portland and Eugene, OR

Clay Art - located in Tacoma, WA Clay Art delivers to Oregon

Other wood-fire potters:





anagama wood-fire teabowl 2
bowl 2
alt side of wood-fire (anagama) vase
vase 4 :: alternate side
wood-fire (anagama) teapot with cane handle
teapot 1
wood-fire (anagama) jug 6
jug 6
wood-fire (anagama) jug 5
jug 5
wood-fire (anagama) jug 4
jug 4
wood-fire (anagama) jug 2 alternate side
jug 2 :: alternate side
wood-fire (anagama) jug 2
jug 2
wood-fire (anagama) jug 1
jug 1
wood-fire (anagama) vase 2 alt side
vase 2 :: alternate side
wood-fire (anagama) vase 4
vase 4
wood-fire (anagama) bowl 1
bowl 1
wood-fire (anagama) teabowl 9
teabowl 9
wood-fire (anagama) teabowl 8
teabowl 8
wood-fire (anagama) teabowl 7
teabowl 7
wood-fire (anagama) tea bowl 6
teabowl 6
wood-fire (anagama) vase 2
vase 2
wood-fire (anagama) vase 1
vase 1
wood-fire (anagama) tea bowl 5
teabowl 5
cup 4
teabowl 4
wood-fire (anagama) teabowl 3
teabowl 3
wood-fire (anagama) cup 2
teabowl 2 :: approx 4" :: $95
wood-fire (anagama) beautifully marked teabowl
teabowl 1 :: aprox 4" :: $75