Stephen Procter, of Brattleboro, VT, is primarily a self-taught artist. He first encountered clay
watching his young daughter throwing in a children’s class and this intrigue led to an introductory
class. Procter’s formal training and earlier career in music greatly influenced his early years working
in clay. A trip to North Carolina in 2007 initiated a turning point and in 2009, Procter established his
own studio and began his professional pursuit of pottery.
Recent exhibitions include shows at the Simon Pearce Gallery in Quechee, VT; the Blithewold
Mansion & Arboretum in Bristol, RI; and Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts in Brattleboro, VT. Procter has
received several grants and awards for his work including a 2015 Vermont Arts Council Artist
Development Grant and an artist scholarship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
For his exhibition at AVA, Procter will show both medium and large-scale stoneware forms.
Procter states: “My work reflects my fascination with large ceramic forms. A good large vessel has
the potential to touch those who come into its presence, and viewers often are moved to touch in
return. Whenever I see people stroke, hug, or sing into my pots (as they often do!), I feel satisfied that
something has been awakened, a connection has been made, and the piece is doing its work.”