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Sawdust fired, one-of-a kind pottery. A Kay Franz pottery website. 


Kay Franz Pottery Blog

Work Life Balance

Kay Franz


Juggling family, work life and personal pursuits is always a challenge. Over the years I've struggled how to fit it all in. The result is that something always gets short-changed. For me most of the time that was my studio time. I don't have the personality that really driven artists have to sacrifice all for art. It's a personal decision I made a long time ago and have no regrets about it. I found myself at times jealous of colleagues who have the luxury of being full-time artists. With a little time and added wisdom I realize that very few of them had it easy and making comparisons between my life and anyone else's served no purpose. I am extremely grateful with the where my path lead me.


Kay Franz


Experimenting with some tile ideas. I love clay for its responsiveness. I remember my first coil pot in college and how amazed I was that the medium seemed to pick up on my mood and how such a clumsy first attempt could convey emotion as if I was painting a self-portrait.

My Space

Kay Franz

My Garage Studio

This is a shot of my studio that I share with my son's hockey and lacrosse equipment. There's definitely no room for cars in here. A small bunny named Rabbit shares the space too. We lock our dogs out a few hours each day so she has run of the place for exercise. This past winter a small family of mice moved into the garage. They definitely didn't hesitate to visit her cage to gather food for their own stores. I don't think Rabbit minded too much since I found bunny food stashed inside cabinets, rolls of tape and other cubby holes where they created storage bins. They are gone now but it wouldn't have surprised me to find one curled up with Rabbit in her cage.

Welcome to Day 1

Kay Franz


I started this site as a personal journal in celebration of my new employment status, "retired". I accepted an early retirement from the ad agency I worked at for the last 22 years, I'm now launching full-time into my career as artist/potter. I finished college ages ago with the idealistic view that I would make a living as an artist and landed squarely into the reality that many art school graduates rarely provides an income that you can live on. My goal with this site is to start a journal of work produced, ideas explored and a little philosophizing over a cup of green tea. As a yoga practitioner I may also share a few comments and/or meditations from the mat.