Natania Hume. Photo by Scott Piegza.
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Natania Hume

Natania Hume is a potter and teacher in western Massachusetts. She is the designer and maker of Slow Studio, a line of contemporary functional ceramics. Hume teaches at The Williston Northampton School, which is an independent boarding and day school in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Hume can be reached at, and followed on Instagram


Natania Hume, Bottle, 2015. Cone 5 stoneware, oxidation. 5 x 9 in. All photos by artist.
As a maker of functional ceramics, I often wonder if my practice is sustainable. Climate change has not only affected how I perceive my work, but it has also shifted the cultural values of many makers; many of us are now aware of our “footprint” and what impact our actions have on the environment.
Steve Harrison with his work, photographed by Richard Cannon, 2015.
Steve Harrison's 2015 exhibition in London, "Cup Board," highlighted his deep knowledge of design and function, as well as his intense, personal connection to pottery traditions.
We discussed many aspects of the presenters’ stories and the impact of their craft practices on us as participants and on our thinking as consumers, makers, and designers.