In my eyes, there is something very special about hand-thrown pottery. Each piece is as unique as the next and contains subtle differences and imperfections that make it one-of-a-kind. Couple that with the variations in color, texture, and sheen and with each piece you have something very, very special.
In my latest interview, I chat with Mira, the true artist behind Fire Dance Pottery. She is just as interesting as the pieces she creates. Check out the interview to see what I mean.
Mira, tell us about yourself!
My name is Mira Loyborg I live in Sugarhouse with my husband, and daughter. I started working with ceramics in 1999 when I took an elective ceramics course called Majolica Pottery, since that day I was hooked and took every ceramics course available to me in college, twice.
What does a typical working day look like?
On a typical workday, I drop my daughter off for school in the morning, head to the gym for a quick workout and then head directly into my small home studio. I usually work from the minute I get home on the wheel making mugs, bowls, and plates, or do some hand building and glazing. I’ll then load the kilns in my backyard and head back to pick up my daughter after school.
When you need musical inspiration who do you turn the volume up for?
When I need musical inspiration I put on the Hamilton cast album and crank it up.
What do you love most about what you create?
I love seeing my products used and enjoyed. I love it when someone finds a special mug that they drink coffee out of every morning or a bowl that makes them happy when they eat soup from it. I like being a part of peoples lives and homes in that way.
What object in your workspace helps you most creatively?
I’d say the object that helps me most in my work is my large sturdy work table. It is a retail display table that I found at Mervyn’s when they went out of business and it helps me with every aspect of my creativity. It’s heavy and sturdy and supports me as I wedge clay, roll a slab, craft a delicate ornament or glaze a full load of bowls. It is the center and heart of my studio.
How did you choose the name for your business?
The name of my business came from two inspirations. The first is a large abstract painting of mine that hangs in my home. The title is “Fire Dance” and it depicts abstract coiling shapes in red, yellow and purple. The second is from the process of Western Raku firing in which you take a glowing red piece from the kiln and throw it into a combustible material that flames up immediately. This is a fun and dangerous process that I like to think of as dancing with fire.