Heather Hitt was born in Anchorage, AK and moved to San Diego as an infant. She became fascinated with ceramics at a very young age watching a neighbor throw pots on an old kick wheel in her garage. Many years later, Heather attended classes and workshops in various San Diego community colleges and studios, continuing the practice upon her move to Seattle in 2008 - gaining a broad exposure to different teachers, studios, and techniques. She is now in the process of setting up a studio in her new home in Bellingham after continuing her northern migration out of Seattle at the end of 2017.
Heather’s focus is primarily on functional pottery. Pieces of art that people can interact with routinely while adding to the beauty of their life. Currently she is exploring the simplicity in everyday functional ware - cups, small bowls, and plates that are more easily and routinely used. While a 20-inch platter or large serving bowl can be admired during a dinner party, so can the cup you drink from every day.
The work is finished with either cone 6 oxidation glazes or wood firing. While significant variation can still be achieved through application techniques and layering of glazes, oxidation glazes offer a more stable and repeatable finish than atmospheric firing processes. It also offers a shorter production schedule and the opportunity to finish a higher volume of work. Alternating between the high color saturation and consistency achieved with oxidation firing and the serendipitous variations and more muted earth tones found with wood-firing makes a fascinating contrast. There is beauty in, and appreciation for, both sides of the spectrum.