“Forming and firing clay are one of the same in my work. I throw clay to create functional daily objects, and add slip and texture to accentuate the form. Firing my work in a communal kiln subtracts expectations from the end result. The placement of each piece dictates the direction that fire and soda ash move thru and the shadows and fuming that take place. Much like life, when a person near to you can deeply impact your development, my work is only finished once it is influenced by the work of the others.”
Levi Yastrow is a Chicago based potter who earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. He is currently a teacher and soda monitor at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago and the ceramics lab technician at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.