Daphne Roehr Hatcher
Daphne Roehr Hatcher has been a full-time studio potter for almost forty years, sharing her studio with husband Gary Hatcher, which they established together in 1979. She apprenticed in ceramic art studios in Devon, England, with Michael Leach and David Leach from 1976 to 1979 as well as shorter apprenticeship experiences in France and Greece.
She received a BFA degree in art from the University of North Texas School of Visual Arts and has received many awards for her work in the ceramic field, including the UNT 1999 President’s Citation.
Daphne Hatcher exhibits widely in invitational and juried exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. In recent years she has exhibited her ceramic art in the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, The Tyler Museum of Art, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, The South Texas Institute for the Arts, The Ohio Craft Museum, The Vermont Clay Studio and the Dallas Visual Arts Center.
Daphne has work on permanent display in the American Airlines Corporate Collection, Ceramics Monthly Collection in Westerville, Ohio and many others. Images of her work have appeared in numerous books and periodicals.
More images of Daphne's pots, her studio practices and her gardens can be found here.
Daphne started a blog at www.daphnehatcher.blogspot.com where she muses about life, food, cooking, gardening and pottery-making, which she would like to contribute to more often, but she stays pretty busy in the studio, the garden and enjoying life & food with friends & family. Check it out and subscribe to it, so you will know when she adds a line or two. She can also be found on Facebook as Daphne Roehr Hatcher, where she maintains an extensive photo journal of life in Pine Mills, Texas, and beyond. Find her on Facebook.
"Control, surrender, the integration of surface and form: these are considerations I have focused on for the past thirty+ years as a potter. I have fired pots with glazed surfaces in various kilns, often with complex layers and patterns, but wood firing provides the balance between control and surrender I seek. I pay careful attention to the skin of the pot and use judicial application of glaze to enhance whatever the flame grants me.
The platters I am creating now represent my interest in a painterly approach to glaze application, using the platter’s flat surface as a canvas and allowing the flame to gently alter the glaze. In this series of platters I have chosen two metaphors: that of the Portal, drawing one in, and that of the Eye, that observes, looking out. The Portal is an entry into that which cannot yet be seen or experienced, a mystery to be explored. The Eye takes in the present, which surrounds, the information rippling into infinity, as on the surface of a pond when one drop of rain penetrates the surface.
Be still, be quiet, pay attention, take it in and continue to explore."
Daphne's resume can be found here.
Daphne is available for workshops and demos. Inquire by contacting Daphne.
Recent Workshops and Lectures
NCECA Houston 2013
Alabama Clay Conference 2014
Texas Clay Festival 2013
Houston Memorial Forest-Frostwood Women's Group 2014
University of Texas at Tyler Workshop, Lecture and Gallery Talk, "Paying Attention" 2013
Recent Exhibitions and Conference Presentations
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler Texas, through February 1, 2015
Flow Into the Mystic: Marriage and the Contemporary Artist
Curated by Derek Frazier.
The Lone Star State is home to phenomenal artists who create work that excites, challenges, and expands the minds of their audiences. Some of the most accomplished Texas artists live and work in East and North Texas. Just like the rest of us, they sometimes fall in love and marry.
When two artists marry, the art they produce either together or individually can be amusing or spiritual, vibrant or serene, but always connected in some way.
Flow into the Mystic features the work of six married couples – twelve artists who open their lives for us to share. The artists spotlighted are Jack and Vera Barnett, Gary and Daphne Hatcher, Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby, Benito Huerta and Janet Chaffee, Dewane and Alexis Serio Hughes, and James R. and Philana Oliphant Pace.
The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents CraftTexas 2014, through December 24, 2014. The eighth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Featuring 49 works by 44 Texas artists, the exhibition includes everything from sculpture, jewelry, textiles, installations, and furniture to concepts that include vernacular architecture, formal elements of design, and man’s relationship to nature. CraftTexas 2014 was juried by Carol Sauvion, the visionary behind the PBS TV series, Craft in America, and HCCC Texas Masters, Piero Fenci, Ceramics Department Head, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Clint Willour, Curator of the Galveston Arts Center. The jurors were tasked with selecting the finest works from a pool of 176 applicants and 477 pieces. Sauvion noticed some similarities among the artists’ works, most notably, “a sense of responsibility to the thoughtful use of materials and to the environment, dedication to skilled work, content that includes social conscientiousness, and the pure joy of the creative process.”
Juror: Leopold Foulem
The Alabama Craft Council is pleased to announce the 29th Alabama Clay Conference - ALCC 29 to be held in Birmingham February 20-23, 2014 at Boutwell Auditorium. ALCC 29's presenters are Daphne Roehr Hatcher & Gary Hatcher, from Mineola, Texas, Peter Beasecker from Syracuse, New York, and Bonnie Seeman from Boca Raton, Florida.