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“I never really enjoyed my work when it was finished before, when it was just dipped in a glaze, and it was a brown or a blue, more traditional,” Chapman said. “I guess it sort of was a natural way to branch off and do my own work. I went with the bright colors.”
Bob Briscoe, a friend of Finnegan’s and an early inspiration for the event, called his style “crude.”
“My aesthetic starts out as intentionally functional. I haven’t been able to find a word to replace ‘crude,’” Briscoe said. “I like them to have a little funky edge. The pots are made to be used.”
Pottery continues to have a role in today’s technology-charged world because the ancient art form continues to serve a practical, as well as an aesthetic, purpose.
“Everyone feels really confident that this will be a great cultural event on the Hill,” Finnegan said.