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Inspired by Nature, Crafted by Hand

Grape Leaf Oval Baker

Blue Oval Baker

Dragonfly Lantern

Square Plate with Foot

Grape Leaf Double Sauce Bowls

Oak Leaf Carved Vase

Grape Leaf Butter Dish

Grape Sgrafitto Jar

Ochre Garlic Keeper

About Me

I am thrilled to find both time and resources for creating my own work after teaching high school ceramics for many years. I especially enjoy combining my interest in botanical drawing with my clay work to produce pierced, carved, and sgrafitto designs using plant motifs. I have begun altering forms more often to add more movement to my work. My focus on functional pieces is a reflection of the pleasure obtained from the frequent contact with pieces that comes with everyday usage.

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Show schedule updated

3rd February 2018 By Nancy Gorman

I have posted my show schedule for 2018…at least the shows I am anticipating since the jurying process has not yet finished!  But I will make any changes once the official news is in. I will now have about a dozen pieces in the LaGrange Art League Gallery in LaGrange, Illinois. I will be changing these out every month or two to keep the selection fresh. Meanwhile, I’ll be hard a work building my inventory for the 2018 season. I’m looking forward to experimenting with the new soda kiln at ClaySpace, hoping I like the more random effects it can create on my sgraffito wares.

New work added

18th March 2017 By Nancy Gorman

Thanks to some lovely photography by friend Jean Burnett, I have added some new work to my extended gallery page. I’ve also added a new show to the 2017 schedule, the Prairie Arts Festival in Schaumburg on Memorial Day weekend. Now back to the studio to keep building the inventory for the busy season ahead!

New bowls

13th September 2016 By Nancy Gorman


I made these bowls as brie bakers, but now I’m thinking of calling them Brie baker-chili-onion soup-ramen-pot pie-soup bowls!  What do you think…too long?!?