I work with earthenware clay and am concerned primarily with making utilitarian ware for the table and kitchen. I use the majolica technique in decorating my pots, and fire them in an electric kiln to cone 03.

I want my pottery to become part of the daily flow of an individual's domestic life, to contribute to the enjoyment of preparing, serving and presenting food. I am concerned with the expression of line, color, patterns and their relationship to the pottery forms.

Because I want my pots to be used and used daily, I don't want to give the impression the maker has painstakingly labored over the decoration. I paint quickly and directly on the raw glazed surface, creating liquid flowing lines, splashes of color, and overlaps of brush strokes that I hope result in a feeling of exuberance and casual spontaneity. Rhythm and grace in the brush strokes are important to both my pleasure in the process and my pleasure in the end result.

Stan Andersen has been a studio potter for 27 years. He grew up on a farm in northwestern Iowa in the 1950s. After high school he worked for a couple of years as a farm hand and on cross-country pipeline construction. These experiences inspired him to attend the University of Iowa; He graduated in 1967 with degrees in philosophy and sociology.

In 1969 Stan and his wife moved to New York City, where they lived for 2 years. After traveling in Europe for a year they moved back to Iowa City and Stan began working informally in clay while also working toward a degree in Library Science. He went on to study ceramics at Rhode Island School of Design, receiving an MFA in 1978. From 1979 to 1984 hew was an artist-in-residence at Penland School of Crafts. In 1984 Stan and his wife moved to an old mountain farm they purchased near Penland.