Isabel Glatthorn is a ceramic artist living and working in East Austin, TX. She grew up in New Canaan, CT, and has been working with clay and throwing on the wheel since 2006. She moved to Austin in 2012 to attended the University of Texas at Austin and stayed. Isabel has studied ceramic arts at Greenwich House Pottery, The Portchester Clay Arts Center, and the Silvermine Arts Guild in New York nd Connecticut, and has worked with several established local Austin potters as a part of her ceramics education. She started her business, Soul Matter Studio in 2017 with the mission to make beautiful and super functional pottery for others.
"Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose, won't you let me go down in my dreams?" - James Taylor
Making pottery for me is intrinsically in service of others- my goal is to make things that bring lovely, soul-soothing moments into the every day necessity of using functional objects. I gravitate towards colors, forms and textures that evoke serenity and simplicity in this intricate world. I look to those spaces and moments in life that provide calm, peace, non constrictive and unburdened presence for inspiration. Usually, for me, those moments happen outside. I make my own glazes using recipes handed down between potters from around the world - which have been workshopped and shared amongst potters- and then workshopped again by me, yielding my own unique collection of handmade glazes. I enjoy the texture and colors of glazed surfaces so much, I like to keep it simple and let the glaze speak for itself. It's a combination of years of practice throwing pots on the wheel, and the simple, yet complex surfaces I can create with glaze and my electric kiln.