Urthen 2017

JUMPING INTO THE VOID & RE-INSPIRATION

October 2016 marked my four year anniversary of meeting Thomas and Amara Alban of MazAmar Art Pottery. While taking a break from my 3 month apprenticeship at Cal-Earth Institute in 2012, I was visiting the area for the weekend to attend a show at Pappy and Harriet's and seredipitously discovered a pottery shop on Mane Street! I walked in amazed and in awe of the beautiful and sacred space they had created. They had mentioned they needed a new production potter, and I jumped at the chance to be a part of a business solely focused on ceramics, what I got my BFA in during college! I couldn't ignore this synchronicity and soon enough I found myself moving permanently to the Mojave desert with a new job and a UHaul filled with everything I owned.

Amara and Thomas have been amazing teachers, mentors, bosses, and most of all, friends. I could not have asked for a better job that challenged me and am so grateful for how they encouraged me to produce my own work. Without this opportunity, I don't think Urthen would have come to fruition the way it did! Come 2017 I will no longer be working for them as my time has come to move forward in my own business. Four years later I am again closing one chapter and opening another. I will be leaving the desert for a bit to do some soul searching and travel. I will thus be taking a break from producing pottery until late spring while I rekindle my inspiration to inform new sculptures, ceramics, and earthworks.

This is a hard change for me, but know that this journey is an answer to my heart's calling. Creating art and beauty is something I will always continue to do for the rest of my life. By taking time to nurture my soul and individual self, I can then better serve the collective.

I look forward to tending to my inner landscape by taking part in a 6-week Wilderness Immersion with The Winter Moon Initiative February-March 2017 and tending to the outer landscape after by deepening my earth building work and help develop a Ceramic Architecture program at Cal-Earth in August 2017. I am relocating my home and ceramics studio to LANDERS, CA so I can get back to creating my Urthen pottery line come April 2017.  I am also looking at apply to ceramic studio residencies, work-trade experiences, and earthwork opportunities in the future as well. All of these things fuel the work I want to be putting out into the world. I am open to any suggestions or recommendations you have to share! My goal is to awaken to my deeper purpose as an artist during this turning point in our existence on this planet and to consciously create where it is needed.

I am having a *URTHEN HOLDAY SALE* starting 10AM PST NOVEMBER 25-NOVEMBER 30 11:59PM PST! Use code: GIVETHANKS10 to take 10% off your total order before the Online Shop closes on DECEMBER 1! I will also be donating 10% of all sales to the STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, to help those on the front lines protect their land and our clean water against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Click here for more info and reliable sources for donating to SR and other defense funds.

All orders will be shipped on December 15, just in time to gift your loved ones with any handmade wares they desire. Thus, I am also currently taking my last wholesale orders for awhile as well. Please comment or email me if you have any questions or would like to share anything: info@urthenware.com. Happy Holidays from my heart to yours!

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Thank you for your support and understanding as I begin to glimpse into the unknown and trust in my own intuitive process....

Caitlin Deane
Urthen