My name is Joanna Buyert, and I am a potter.
I am the one-woman show behind Fringe and Fettle Ceramics, every little part of the business is done by me. In 2011 I was working full time when I took a blind leap and quit my job to pursue pottery. I moved up to the north woods of Wisconsin to my family’s cabin and did nothing but make pots for the next 6 months. It was fantastic.
Now I am living in the Schmidt Artists Lofts in St. Paul, MN in a community of artists. And everyday I get to do what I love more than anything else, create.
I make things that I love. That’s the secret. It sounds kind of dumb and simple, but it’s true. I think for a while I was really caught up in trying to make what other people wanted, what would sell well. But it wasn’t until I threw that out the window and started making things that I wanted, that I loved, that I really found my style.
I think one of the things I love the most is finding the balance between form and function. I love the challenge of trying to make something beautiful but also works really well. My pots are meant to be used and well loved. I make bowls to be your favorite bowl because it fits the curve of your palm like no other. Grooves for nice grip and clean edges for good pouring. My food-focused pieces are influenced by my love of cooking, and made to become an essential piece of your kitchen.
I think my pieces have a gentleness to them, a subtleness that is very inviting. I love the movement that goes into making a pot, the spinning of the wheel, the push and pull of the clay. My pots are simple and clean, a frozen moment captured in my delicate white porcelain shapes.