Micah Thanhauser grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, a couple of miles away from Merry Farm Road, where he now lives and works. After studying pottery in Rhode Island, Maine, North Carolina, and Japan, and finally apprenticing for three years for potter Akira Satake, he returned home to build his kiln and workshop. He uses minimally processed natural materials to produce work that is functional, lively, and engaging. He specializes in making dishes for beautifully complementing food, for home cooks and professional chefs.
My work lies in learning to see and touch the beauty and aliveness inherent in clay. It is a practice of being still. The fire brings the pots to life, adding its indelible marks, unpredictable and full of grace. When the clay, my shaping hands, and the fire all work in harmony, it is a form of alchemy. These objects are sent into the world, as ambassadors of beauty and usefulness. They find their completeness in use, holding a cup of tea, a bowl of food, or a stick of incense.