Paul DeLuca of Bank Street Pottery creates pieces that are truly functional works of art that you can hold in your hands. No two pieces are ever the same. They will feature coffee mugs and tea bowls at Lackawanna Arts Fest. These pieces will be treasured by collectors and coffee & tea drinkers alike! Stop by and pick up a piece for yourself or for that special gift!
Tell us a little bit about Bank Street Pottery. Where is your studio?
Bank Street Pottery is a small pottery studio located at 307 Bank Street, Dalton Pa.
The journey with clay started years ago and each time I’m in the studio the creative course starts again and pushes me a little further.
What type of pieces do you make?
My pots are not production work. Every piece I create is unique to itself. They require skill, observation and creativity. Even a simple “mug” made at Bank Street Pottery will have its own presence. Mugs or cups are more than a cylinder with a handle. Each mug has is own distinctive form. Each part of the mug from throwing marks to trimming and proportions leads to new discovery. The handles breathe life into the form. Each mug made at Bank Street is a work of art you can hold in your hand.
As a potter, great satisfaction comes from the transference of my genuine feelings I put into the work going to its new owner. The idea of programmed art and aesthetics does not appeal to me. My goal is to have every piece be authentic to the power of its form. No two pieces will ever be the same. No colors repeated. Nothing made will be perfect as there’s no such thing. The Japanese have a name for this; Wabi sabi. The real beauty is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. The marks on the clay both inside and out are the story of its creation. My work is a record of my inner thoughts at that particular moment. Clay is the earth formed and fired.
What will you be featuring at Lackawanna Arts Fest?
I will be selling my original coffee mugs and tea bowls at Lackawanna Arts Fest. There are several styles and sizes and each is a one of kind piece that will make drinking coffee or tea an experience.
Is there anything else you want our readers to know?
I have a degree in art education and taught art in the US and abroad. A good part of my life was as a partner in a leading Northeastern Pennsylvania Advertising firm. If I never sold one pot I still be making pottery.
Mug prices range from $35-50. Other work is for sale at Bank Street Pottery. To visit the studio call 570-8156176 to arrange a time.
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