I believe the things we use in everyday life should carry meaning, be beautiful, and make us feel grounded.
My name is Megan and I am the one person show behind m. sward ceramics. I create functional, modern ceramics from my home studio in the hills of Western Massachusetts.
I originally studied Studio Art at The College of Wooster, but went on to earn an MS from Smith College in an entirely different field. Like many artists, I felt adrift without being able to create and have had the tremendous opportunity to return to making art.
When I’m not in the basement studio, I attempt to garden and slowly chip away at painting every wall in my home white. I’m also raising a little human and a dog named Butter with my husband, who is an incredible person and never complains when I steal his tools or track clay dust all over the house.
I work with a white clay that mimics the look of porcelain, but possesses the everyday durability of stoneware. It is locally sourced from Amherst Potters Supply in Hadley, MA. I use a commercial glaze that is both food safe and dishwasher safe. I care deeply about the intended use of each piece and its ability to endure.
I craft every piece over the course of about 4-6 weeks. Between wheel throwing, drying, bisque firing, glazing, glaze firing, and sanding — this process is extremely time consuming, the potential for things to go wrong is always looming, and I love every minute of it.
I tend to lean toward simple, elegant forms — footed bowls, tall cylinders, colanders & berry bowls, simple vases — but I love being inspired by a someone else’s ideas. If there is something you don’t see here, let me know, I love discussing new projects and creating custom pieces.
I am so honored you’re here, that you’ve read this far, and that you have a genuine interest in what I’m creating. It is an understatement to say I’m consistently in awe that anyone cares, so thank you for being here and for your support.