About Meghan Bergman
Handmade in Kennett Square, PA
Meghan Bergman (she/her) is a Ceramic Artist and Art Teacher. Her handcrafted pottery and ceramic sculptures are inspired by organic objects and underwater life, and each piece is a study of the texture and movement found in nature. Meghan has been creating ceramics for over 15 years, and has participated in firings and workshops around the country and internationally.
Meghan’s ceramic artwork has appeared in Juried Fine Art Exhibitions featuring artists from around the world, including: Small Favors, Material Mugs, Cup: The Intimate Object, Sip: A Ceramic Cup Show, and her barnacle cups were the 2020 "Best in Show" winners for the Bottoms Up exhibition.
Q&A with Meghan
What type of clay do you use?
I mostly use stoneware and am partial to Standard Ceramic, based out of Pittsburgh, PA. And I use lead-free food-safe glazes.
What methods do you use to make pottery?
I use several different methods to create ceramics: forming by hand, throwing on the wheel, or using a slab roller. (Check out The Process page to see a demonstration on how my mugs & barnacle cups are made)
After drying, each piece is carefully loaded into the kiln and is bisque fired, then layered with a combination of glazes or oxides for the final glaze firing 🔥
How would you describe your style?
Each work of art I make is a study of texture. I draw inspiration for my barnacle cups, sculptures, and all of my work from objects in nature, and Japanese culture, especially the idea that things should be 'wabi-sabi', roughly translated 'perfectly imperfect'.
I don't try to simply copy what I see. I study the texture, the shadows, and create a one-of-a-kind treasure that looks like it was pulled from the sea, but was made in my imagination.
Where did your idea for barnacle pottery come from?
My idea for my barnacle cups originated in Denmark while traveling abroad for a ceramics workshop. Quite by accident I was making spikey work, which bumped into clay and made a hole, and I started exploring what barnacles would look like. And as they say, the rest is history.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my ability to embrace "kaizen" the philosophy of continuous improvement. I'm on a lifelong journey for knowledge and pursuing new ideas through experimentation.
Expanding upon my early work which featured wood firing, now in my studio I mostly fire in an electric kiln and use techniques that mimic the results of a wood firing. I use shells and other natural materials to create a strong texture on my work and then stilt the vessel on its side with sea glass and a combination of glazes and allow gravity the chance to work its magic, resulting in a waterfall of colored glass.
What does the spiral symbolize in your logo?
I love it when you look down into hand thrown pottery, the spiral draws the mind in and lets you know that it’s a one of a kind handmade object you're holding.
I find the art of making pottery to be a very meditative process. My logo itself is a sort of labyrinth, with one path that leads to the center. Similar to a labyrinth, this spiral symbolizes a journey to our 'center' as a mindfulness exercise to find peace, clarity, tranquility.