The Japanese people have a special word ‘shibui’ to express this ideal beauty…. It is impossible to translate satisfactorily into one English term, ‘austere’, ‘subdued’, ‘restrained’, these words come nearst. Etymologically, shibui means ‘astringent’, and is used to describe a profound, unassuming, and quiet feeling.
— "A Potter's Book" by Bernard Leach

about

Welcome to m.sward ceramics. Every piece you see here is a unique piece of hand thrown pottery. There are no molds, jigs, or any other device used to facilitate uniformity and as a result, each piece comes with small variations in form and glaze.

The clay I use is locally sourced from the next town over and is a white stoneware which provides the clean white finish of porcelain, but possesses the durability needed for day-to-day use. Every piece has the same journey starting with wedging (removal of air pockets, alignment of clay particles), moving to wheel throwing, then being bisque fired to cone 04 (1945 degrees F), then being glazed, and finally being glaze fired to cone 6 (about 2200 degrees F) and finally bottom sanded.

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My name is Megan and I am the one woman show behind m. sward ceramics. For 20 years, pottery has been my passion, but it has only been in the last year that I’ve been able to seriously pursue it after creating a home studio in the hills of Western Massachusetts.

There isn’t much I can say about ceramics that hasn’t been said before. I live for making something artful, usable, and everlasting. My goal is to create beautiful things that bring function and that sense of quiet described in the quote above (words said by a legendary potter, so maybe I’m reaching).

If you would like to commission a piece, please feel free to e-mail me about it. I can replicate anything you see here or if you have an idea, we can collaborate and create something new. I work with a white stoneware and lead free glazes fired to about 2200 degrees (cone 6) — my work is all food safe and dishwasher safe (although I encourage hand washing).

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.

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