My inspiration is found in the kitchen and enhanced by my love of antiques, in particular hobnail glass. One thing I particularly enjoy about antiques is how they subtly record the past without saying a thing. Objects record their story with every stain, dent, scratch, rust, and tarnish. On my pieces the thin surface of terra sigillata allows bits of texture to show through and become the start of the pots story. Over time the terra sigillata surface will patina and as the piece gets used, will continue to record that use. The balance of straightforward forms with worn, layered, somewhat chaotic surfaces is a reflection of me navigating the world as a Mexican-Norwegian woman. The two seeming opposites mixed together to turn into something unique and unexpected. I guess I am a little like the antiques I love, slowly revealing my story over time to those that pay attention.
Originally from Minnesota, Wendy Eggerman first fell in love with pottery while attending Warren Wilson College in the mountains of North Carolina. Since then, her work has been exhibited nationally and she has been an active ceramic artist in a variety of studios. Eggerman’s work is primarily influenced by her love of antiques, especially hobnail glass. The balance of straightforward forms with worn, layered, somewhat chaotic surfaces is a reflection of her navigating the world as a Mexican-Norwegian woman. The two seeming opposites mixed together to turn into something unique and unexpected. Eggerman’s pots are brushed with a terra sigillata finish on the exterior and seasoned with coconut oil. Over time they will acquire a patina and grow more beautiful, visually developing with use, as an heirloom might collect stories through generations. Wendy currently works out of her home studio in St. Paul, Minnesota.