Artist Interviews

Meet Ortrud “Trudy” Fowler

Ortrud Fowler - Platter
Ortrud Fowler – Platter
Please introduce yourself:

Ortrud Fowler – Former Director of Network Marketing and Development for Rocky Mountain PBS for several decades and grandmother of 10.

Ortrud Fowler - Planter
Ortrud Fowler – Planter
How many years have you been a member of the Colorado Potters Guild?

45 years

Ortrud Fowler - Pitcher
Ortrud Fowler – Pitcher
What does it mean to you to be a member of the Colorado Potters Guild?

Membership gives me an opportunity to learn about clay from other potters, share ideas, meet well known potters who come to the guild and best of all, share a special camaraderie with guild members. 

Ortrud Fowler - Platter
Ortrud Fowler – Platter
How many years have your been working with clay?

Have worked with clay approximately 50 years.

Ortrud Fowler - Planters
Ortrud Fowler – Planters
Do you have a formal education in clay/art or how did you acquire your skills?
Received training from Ed Oshier, Duncan Gonzales and Helen Giesel.
Ortrud Fowler - Wall Planter
Ortrud Fowler – Wall Planter
How do you work (techniques/glazing/firing methods)?

I mainly throw on a wheel and do a small amount of slab work. My pottery is functional, my style is bold and work exclusively with stoneware. Glazing is fairly simple with some decorative touches. The pottery is high fired and highly reduced in gas kilns. 

Ortrud Fowler - Platter 2
Ortrud Fowler – Platter 2
What does “being creative” mean to you and how do you overcome obstacles or difficulties working in clay?

Being creative for me means pushing my current forms and style to another level.

Do you pursue any themes in your art work?

I’m a functional potter. I enjoy creating forms that one can admire but are also useful. It’s always a rush to take a hunk of mud and give it a life of its own. When making a set of dishes it’s fun to think of the joy people will have around the pottery I create. I know what I can achieve; I get there by persevering.

Ortrud Fowler - Platter 2
Ortrud Fowler – Platter 2
Who or what inspires you?
My fellow potters in the guild inspire me.
Where do you see your work progressing over the next year?

At 82, I just hope to be here in the next year!

Where can people find your work? (websites/social media/galleries?)

More of my work can be seen on my artist page. I also show at the potters guild shows in May and November, and special orders from me directly. Our next show starts tomorrow at 4 PM, May 4, 2017 and runs through Saturday May 6, 2017 at 5 PM.