About Tabbatha Henry
I have been working in clay since I was a little thing and made my first sculpture, an ice cream sundae, only to be followed by a pair of owls on a log.
I studied ceramics in earnest during college, then spent the next 10 or so years honing my technical skills during studio exchanges and work studies in private and community studios. Finally, after learning what I could through sheer trial and error and yearning for serious feedback and aesthetic criticism, I went back to graduate school. I received my MFA from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005. Ready to take on the world, I moved back to Vermont soon after, and in 2008 launched Tabbatha Henry Designs.
The process of ceramics has fascinated me since my first real class in college, and if you ask my mom, since before even then. When working in clay, the first thing one might notice is the inevitable dialogue that emerges between maker and material. Whether trying something new, or making something for the 100th time, these two must come to an understanding of each other. Really, it is the maker who must come to understand the material, and by doing so, renders the material will limitless. My challenge has been to find my balance between pushing the clay to accommodate my needs, versus accommodating my process. If the clay does not abide, I must then mold myself, or my approach, or my attitude, around the clay, instead of vice versa in order to achieve my goals. It is challenging and keeps me on my toes. The only limit is my imagination and willingness, or not, to succumb.
I am of course inspired by the winter landscape here in Vermont. The ever-changing subtleties of light and shadows and the resulting shapes and patterns are a constant source of awe. Hiking through the woods and noticing the intricacies of the moss, the composition of leaves fallen on the ground now covered with frost, dark branches against the grey sky as they splay out from the trees, or the path of the half frozen river…though I have seen these things a million times, somehow it is always new and magical, as if for the first time.
The influence of nature in this way, along with my love for the simple clean lines of Scandinavian design inspires me to make beautiful objects that even the most discerning animal would have in its den.
It is our goal to create inspiring designs infused with nature, crafted with integrity.
Each piece is made by hand in our Vermont studio. Assisted by Jeremy Jorgenson and Raegan Hough, I cast, decorate, fire, and ship right from one room, overlooking an ever-changing river in Northern Vermont. We do our best to create unique and inspiring works of art to be enjoyed for generations to come.