An Introduction to Scott Draves.
I started my pottery career as a decorator in 1987 at Rowe Pottery in Cambridge, WI, a fairly large salt glaze pottery. By the time I left in 1995, I had a very strong background in slip decoration and brush work. But that wasn’t where my interest lay. I was a pottery collector from the minute I began making it and with a small nudge from a friend, Jon Milhon, I knew Arts and Crafts pottery was the pottery I had to collect and make. So in early 1995 I began testing glazes, hundreds of glazes. I had one matte purple Fulper vase and several blue Van Briggle vases to work with. By the end of that summer, I had conquered the Fulper glaze and had also developed a beautiful Hampshire green. It was now time to convince some friends that the tradition of Arts and Crafts style pottery needed to be brought back.
To make a long story short, we founded Ephraim Pottery. Ephraim Pottery was, and still is, a wonderful art pottery that I had the privilege to be associated with. However, because of artistic and business differences, I sold my half of the business in 2001 to pursue my own style of Arts and Crafts pottery. I needed a smaller pottery with a more hands on role, including teaching the Arts and Crafts style to students that had an interest in it. In 2001 Door Pottery was created, and in 2004 I purchased the teaching facility and one of the largest high fire kilns in Madison, formerly, but to most old-timers, still known as Lakeside Pottery. I now have a small staff that throw, decorate, press tile and in most cases teach.
I continue to be an avid pottery collector and member of the American Art Pottery Association. It is ingrained in my blood now; I simply cannot walk past a beautiful piece of pottery, new or old, and not feel that I have to own it. It’s an addiction, but a wonderful one we all share.
My mission statement follows the lines of the old Arts and Crafts movement, where production was not the key, but creativity and handmade quality were. Much like the potteries of the past, the most desirable and collectible pieces were made in small studios such as Grueby and Overbeck. My goal is to recreate that small studio creativity and connectedness by being involved in the creation of each piece of quality, handmade art that leaves my studio.