Tygart River Pottery

Kate Harward, owner of Tygart River Pottery, calls herself a “functional potter,” but her work has a timelessness about it, a patient aesthetic reminiscent of traditional Japanese pottery, particularly the work of master potter Shöji Hamada. And the whimsical decoration, organic shapes, and pops of color—bright blues, reds, greens—dip into a Moroccan or South African tenor. Not surprisingly, Kate has traveled extensively to China, Japan, South Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and Morroco. She calls her trips field research. “For years you can pick your brain about what you saw. It will really challenge you.”