Reed Pottery

function art

Brian Reed

Creating function art you can use everyday.


I began in Pottery working at my junior high ceramics program.
Followed up working in my high school I continued to excel at throwing.
I then took a short break until 1992 when I found a small studio where I further created.


I decided to continue my throwing making functional pieces with an artistry and creative flair. The journey of making pottery then learning from those pieces has been a lifelong adventure, which changes each year.


  • 2013 Ceramics Monthly magazine (March 2013) spotlight article on how to use chatting technique for texturing wheel thrown work.


  • 2011 Best of Show Evergreen State Fair Fine Art Exhibition
  • 2011 Best Wheel thrown larger that 12 inches Washington State Fair Fine Art Exhibition
  • 2011 Best Wheel thrown smaller that 12 inches Washington State Fair Fine Art Exhibition


I was lucky enough to have master potters that helped guide me toward a "form follows function" philosophy which has enabled me to really go anywhere I wanted to. Both early teachers gravitated toward the Japanese influence of creativity. You can still see that in my work today; each piece has a unique look and different than the others. However I still make small sets of bowls and mugs as I am inspired to do so. Most recently I have started spending considerable time trimming all of my pots with a well crafted foot. I think this has been the most enjoyable to me. I have been lucky to find Larry Bruning who is a production potter and has instilled some working habits that have enabled me to sit down really focus on a single type of pot through repetition. This more than anything most recently have given me the confidence to keep creating.

I enjoy throwing elegant forms that mimic nature in flowing lines that move from one element to another. Elegant and moving forms within a classicaly asian style. I work primarily in porcelain and work in maintaining a flowing form while exacting a precise angle to be both pleasing to look at and handle. I like the interplay of the exact form and the flowing textures; You can see that in the chatter bowls. I have been working in some stoneware to really open up the possibilties of a truely earthbound clay body. I have expanded my color palet to those earth tones and browns that highlight the tradition of earthenware clay bodies.

Traditionally most of my work are cheerful colors and complement the form so I tend to use Celadon, and accent colors like blue and red to create a pleasing functional piece.