Craftsmanship is a slow grind.
Andy Boswell started learning how to make pots in 1986 when he was 3 years old. His father, who is still a life long American Folk Potter, taught him the foundations. From 2003-2007, Julia Galloway, Rich Hirsch and Liz Howe provided a formal education in Ceramic Art at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2009, the last piece of the puzzle settled into place when Andy befriended a local Ceramic Engineer and began learning the technical intricacies of Crystalline Glazes. This set of teachers were the perfect combination to encapsulate Folk Art, Fine Art and the Science of Ceramics. Having intimate access to these teachers in his early 20s is one of the big ways Andy was uniquely lucky.
After following the traditional path of galleries, crafts fairs and other typical methods of running a pottery business, Andy realized there were new ways of doing things. He started spending more time researching modern companies and asking "How can I make this all be way more awesome?" Now in 2017, his studio is leaner, smarter, and growing bigger. But, rather than taking up the Jeff Bezos mantra of "Get big fast," Andy prefers the philosophy of Joshua Waitzkin who focuses relentlessly on Quality and Presence. While there is a bit more entrepreneur in Andy these days, he is still an artist and a craftsman at heart.