Chris Chaney

I am a potter, a father, a husband, a student, and a teacher, but not necessarily in that order. While my formal education in ceramics culminated in a BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2001, much of my professional education has been acquired at Lillstreet from fellow teachers, students, and friends. I make things out of clay and fire — objects that are meant to be used. Stoneware and porcelain clays provide structure to which glaze adds beauty. Furthermore, an atmospheric soda environment paints the work with shadows of the flame. I enjoy creating forms that are rooted in pottery traditions from both the east and the west. As such, I embrace the idea that pots are made to not only function, but enhance the experience of eating and drinking.