A pot has the capacity to give and receive simultaneously. It is the perfect vehicle of hospitality. How and what we eat is one of the means by which society creates itself, and acts out its aims and functions. By thinking about food as identity, as sex, as power, as friendship, as a means of magic and witchcraft, and as our time controller, I see food as the root of culture: that which gives meaning to our lives. Making pottery for me is about giving and receiving simultaneously. It is about hospitality.

Pottery forms lend themselves easily to become vessels that embody the natural world around us, such as the animals we see, and the plant life, which textures our world. The surfaces and attached details of my pots sometimes transform the pot into a zoomorphic or anthropomorphic objects. Textures and glazes become the skin of a pot, a way of interpreting how we might embellish our bodies. My pots are often hand carved and glazed in complicated overlays to enhance visual and tactile contrasts, like the pattern of a garment or the feathers of a bird.

I hope my pots will shape and dramatize the rituals surrounding food and allow me, the potter, to partake actively in the lives of those who enjoy my work.
My pottery is made of porcelain clay. Most of it is wheel thrown and altered. I fire in a gas kiln to cone ten.

Silvie Granatelli has been a full time studio potter working in Floyd Co. Virginia since 1982. Silvie received a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1971 and an M.F.A. from Montana State in Bozeman, Montana. She has taught ceramics at Virginia Tech and Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Her work is in the collection of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, The Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred, New York, and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. Silvie’s work has been featured in many publications, including Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and Studio Potter. Her work can also be found in numerous books. These include Pots in the Kitchen, by Josie Walter, The Ceramic Glaze Handbook, by Mark Burleson, Handbuilt Tableware, by Kathy Triplett, and Porcelain Masters: Major works by Leading Ceramists, curetted by Richard Burkett. She was the recipient of the Virginia Museum Fellowship Grant in 1995. Throughout her career Silvie has given workshops across the United States spoken on panels and demonstrated at several NCECA conferences. In 2000, she presented a slide lecture in New Delhi, India. In 2000, she participated in a ceramic symposium and show in Izmir, Turkey. Silvie traveled to Tuscany, Italy in 2005. There she teamed up with an Italian chef to teach a workshop on the cuisine and pottery of Tuscany. Silvie’s work has been shown numerous times at the Old Church Cultural center in Demarest, NJ. She has been an ongoing invited artist at the St Croux River Valley Pottery Tour in MN.