Solveig Comer earned a BA in Mathematics, with a concentration in Art, from St. Olaf College. She received a certificate from the School for Professional Crafts at the Worcester Center for Crafts. She has pursued additional art studies through SUNY New Paltz, the Women’s Studio Workship, Arrowmont, Clay Art Center and at Omega Institute.
Solveig possesses a strong drive for self-reliance that compels her to be independent in her studio work. She manages all aspects of designing, making, and selling my handmade, porcelain pottery.
Co-existent with her independent nature is a desire to collaborate with others and work to improve our community. In 2013, she joined the Catskill Mountain Artisans’ Guild as a way to meet other artists working in the region. In 2015, she coordinated Pop-Up Farmers’ Markets for her local Chamber of Commerce as a means to promoting support for small businesses.
Last year, she became president of MURAL, the Mount Utsayantha Regional Arts League, because its mission to promote art and education in the field of art in the greater Stamford area aligned so greatly with Solveig’s personal hopes for her local community.
“I create functional art because I see the need for expression and aesthetic in each moment of the day. I make cups, mugs, teapots, bowls, and such on a potter’s wheel and then impress decorations into the clay using handmade stamps and found objects, such as maple leaves.
I draw inspiration from the natural world around me as well as manufactured details from architecture, textiles, and history. I also keep in mind my family, friends, and neighbors while I work. If it looks like as though various pieces are related, they may be distant cousins, grandchildren, or even twin sisters!
The Catskills themselves are a part of my inspiration. Living with farms and farmers, our sometimes harsh seasons, the comforting mountains which surround us, and the general way of life in the mountains add to me and my work as a potter.
I have been working with clay for over twenty years. I enjoy how the malleability of wet clay shows up in the hardness of fired clay. I enjoy making things that can be used and handled on a daily basis. Art is essential to our human spirits and I feel the simplest manifestation of it is with objects we use each day.”
Driving Directions to: Solveig Comer’s Studio, 10986 County Route 18, South Kortright, NY
From Stamford, take Route 23 (toward Roosevelt Ave.) and turn left on County Route 10. After 3.6 miles, turn left onto Maple Avenue (County Route 18). After 210 feet, turn right on River Street *CR 18) and proceed 3.6 miles. The last intersection is Madison Hill Road.