Zane Tillinghast will acquire his BFA in ceramics from the Maine College of Art in 2016. He creates functional work with red earthenware clay. The charm found in irregularity inspires his forms. Slip, red clay, and the interaction between glazes is key to the decorative aspects of each pot. His pots are meant to be accessible and used daily.

Zane was born in southern New Hampshire, his pottery can be found for sale in Maine and New Hampshire



Ceramics creates a connection between people. We subconsciously use utilitarian objects to share significant moments, have conversations, and create memories. My pottery is alluring yet humble, focusing on intimate moments through the concept of beauty in function. My work channels the social conditions which ceramic vessels facilitate in helping people to come together--as a tool for conversation and expanding relationships with other human beings. Because of this, the work functions best as a set. Creating these pots as sets is crucial in that when people use a group of pots that look the same, they establish common ground amongst the users, providing a catalyst for creating an interaction. The act of eating and drinking with this tableware and with the people you wish to spend time, make the ceramic objects a backdrop for the performance of life to happen around.