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Hannah Niswonger

Biography to Display: 

1972 Born


1995 BA Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

1998 MFA New York State School of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York


Studio potter

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts College of Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia


Hannah Niswonger hand builds functional pots using white stoneware. She uses a Chinese calligraphy brush, to create drawings on bone dry pots with under-glaze stains that act like an ink wash or watercolors on the absorbent surface of the clay.  

Niswonger formulates her own glazes and stains. She then scratches and carves into the drawings, adding and removing details. Wax resist is used to create motifs that are reminiscent of printed patterns.




Typical Marks
Watering Can
Date: 2011
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Underglaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Date: 2013
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Underglaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 7, 2019.