Deanna Haldeman

Welcome to our interview with potter Deanna Haldeman. Please enjoy getting to know Deanna and her approach to her craft through our series of questions we have posed to our participating artists.

Do you have one piece that you are most proud of, and why?             

I am always most excited about the next "new pot". This could be a new form, new glaze or glaze combo, new technique, new decoration, etc.  If it turns out well its is my favorite pot until the next "new pot" is in the process.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?    

I find inspiration in nature, traditional and standard pottery forms, and function.

What started you on this artistic endeavor?       

I have always loved art but I was introduced to pottery when a friend of mine talked me into taking a Ceramics class in High School.  I was hooked as soon as I touched the clay.      

What is your favorite part of your artistic process?      

Creating the initial form on the potter's wheel is my favorite part and opening the kiln after a glaze firing to see what magic took place is a close second.

When I grow up I want to …continue to "play in the mud" and travel.

Where did you learn your craft / art?         

I took my first pottery class in Wyoming at Worland High School, continued taking pottery classes at Northwest Community College in Powell, WY and the University of Wyoming.  After graduation I moved to PA and later started taking classes at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford.  I have taken workshops from wonderful potters including Chris Staley, Janet Mansfield, Suze Lindsay, Steven Hill, Tom Turner, Bill Van Gilder, and others.  I also read a lot of pottery books and magazines.  One of the best things about pottery is you can learn something with every new pot you make and every kiln you fire.

If you were magically given 3 more hours each day - what would you do with them?     

I would make more pots, research pottery throughout history and experiment more with glazes. 

If I was not a potter I would explore photography.  I like to capture the beauty that is all around us.