Doug Hein

 

I came to ceramics later in life when I retired from a long public health career and moved from the Boston to the Salt Lake City in 2013.  My work is hand-built with a variety of clays, and most pieces are an extension of the drawings and paintings I did years ago as a two-dimensional artist. 

I use a somewhat limited palette of matte glazes and saggar finishes but occasionally use Japanese shinos.  The landscape in the Northeast and Southwest are primary themes, and I find the music I listen to in the studio a powerful inspiration for particular pieces.  I love the green of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, the red, gray and black mesas and night skies of New Mexico, pots that croon and sway and shapes that mimic desert and ocean forms.  I enjoy making tea bowls, vases, sculptural vessels in series that reference history and myth, and small sculptures one can hold in one’s hand.