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Bryan Mattraw


Tour Stop 9:
Taylorstown Pottery

Bryan began teaching art in Loudoun County in 1994. In 1997, he retired from teaching to further his education in ceramics. He moved to Boston to work in an area studio and then on to Vermont for an apprenticeship on wood firing techniques. He returned to Loudoun County and resumed his teaching career in 2001.

"I planned to become a painter as well as an art teacher but a course in pottery changed all that. I was immediately hooked on ceramics and began making pots while I pursued my degree. Pottery combines the abstraction of form, with the purity of purpose and a connection to science. I have been engaged in teaching and pot-making ever since. I make pots which are intended for the hand and home, which I hope will be beautiful to the eye and the soul of the be-holder."

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