Justin Lambert received his BFA from Florida Atlantic University 1999, and his MFA from Indiana University 2003. Justin has spent the last 23 years firing utilitarian pottery in wood burning kilns. Investigations into reduction cooling variations in the teardrop anagama adds dramatic decoration to the subtle curves in his pots. In addition to making pottery, Justin builds large custom kilns, Omnitemp Pyrometers, and conducts wood firing workshops at home and around the country. Justin is also an accomplished fly fisherman, a licensed USCG captain, and ran fishing charters for many years. He enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea mountain biking, snowboarding, eating delicious vegan meals, and playing with their dogs Rusty, and Daisy.
I've spent the majority of my life in and around water enjoying the natural wonders of our world, swimming, surfing, fishing, boating, snorkeling, mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, star gazing, etc. These activities provide a certain euphoria that subconsciously has influenced my work. I do not try to recreate pottery directly representing these influences, yet the feeling is prevalent in my work. Slip lines represent swell lines, grooming lines, fresh tracks, and snow drifts. Curvaceous forms feel similar to coves, basins, peaks and points. Loading strategies remind me of looking through my telescope, and surface effects resembling earth and water in various stages of tranquility and turmoil.