The Moldy Crow Pottery is located north of Cooperstown, New York just off scenic Route 20 on the outskirts of the town of Cherry Valley. We moved here in 2015 to escape the noise of living in a neighborhood and return to the country. Wood and soda firing are both integral pieces to our craft and living here makes that possible.
All of our pots are made of stoneware clays fired in one of our 2 wood kilns, Ruby the soda train , or the Garbage Train. Our Kilns were designed built by our own hands from reclaimed materials. We feed the kiln almost one ton of wood in order for it to rise to the required 2300 degrees for our pots to become mature and useable in everyday life and libation.
Charlie's pots are made from a body made up primarily of clay that he digs himself, amended with a handful of commodity ingredients. His glazes are made entirely of materials sourced from the earth, ash piles, and sometimes even commercial trash piles. These unrefined, unknown materials often create surfaces that are unlike anything available from off-the-rack ingredients. These glazes then interact unpredictably with the ash, and vapors of the firing to make unrepeatable pots.
Deanna's work involves wood as well as soda vapor to achieve a surface that plays together with the highly textured surface of the majority of her pieces. No piece of work is repeatable and every piece is extraordinary as the end result depends on clay body, slip, texture, shape , and placement in the kiln as well as the direction and amount of sodium vapor released into the kiln.