About the potter
Pottery care
Artisan statement

In the summer of ’69 (or thereabouts) during a digging adventure, Anna Marie Torre Wright discovered this amazing gift from the earth called clay. Her mother encouraged her daughter to play with it; the little girl made a pinch pot and thus a love affair blossomed. Whenever the earth was disrupted on the family farm, if there was any clay to be found in the sandy soil, Anna Marie would scoop it up and enjoy the feel of it in her hands as well as the promise that it could be made into something.

Now that ‘little girl’ gets to play with clay all the time.

Anna Marie and her husband, Gregory, share their country home with two dogs. When not in the studio, Anna Marie can be found knitting on her looms or attending renaissance faires.

All glazes used by Prancing Pony Pottery are lead-free and most functional Prancing Pony Pottery stoneware is dishwasher* and microwave safe, and when precautions are taken, suitable for oven baking. Please wash your pottery before using for the first time.
  • Handmade stoneware pottery is sensitive to extreme temperature changes. When baking, place the pottery in the oven while the oven is still cool – heat the oven, the dish and the food you are cooking at the same time.
  • Avoid taking your pottery directly from the refrigerator and heating in the microwave or oven. Allow the pottery to warm to room temperature first.
  • Do not place on an open flame, heating element or under the broiler.
Each piece of pottery is handmade and thus unique with its own personality; sizes and colors may vary even within sets. With a little care, your one-of-a-kind piece will last a long time. *Some small, decorative, or delicate pieces may be best suited for hand-washing. Bread baskets should be washed by hand or dishwasher top-rack on gentle cycle.
Yarn Bowls Thank you for choosing a Prancing Pony Pottery yarn bowl for your fiber craft! To ensure the safety of your bowl, please handle it from the bottom or solid sides.

From the first time I held a lump of clay and formed a wee pinch pot as a child, I was hooked on pottery. While it took a long time for that passion to manifest itself in the form of my own pottery studio it has been worth the wait. Exploring the form and function of a pot and translating it from my imagination into clay is a wonderful challenge.

Pottery serves as a visceral connection to the elements for me. And in coming full circle, it’s hard to hold a piece of stoneware and not feel a connection to the hands that made it. The lines of a pot, the gentle curves, the hue of the glaze … are all places where the potter touches.

It has been said that the potter does not have the final say over their creations, that the kiln does. Part of being a potter is learning to control and accept what happens in the kiln however I feel that ultimately, the patron, has the final say about what a piece will become. Just because I create a piece and call it a vase doesn’t mean that someone won’t use it as a drinking vessel. Rather than be concerned about this or take it personally, I embrace it because I have made a piece of pottery that is going to be used and enjoyed.

Anna Marie Torre Wright

Why am I potter? There are several reasons but the most important one is that I have tremendous support from my husband, my family, and my friends.
  • The love of my life, Gregory, who gives me his unconditional support … and doesn’t think that I am crazy for wanting to play with clay all day.
  • My mother, Marie, who first showed me the wonderful gift of clay straight from the earth; she’s always believed in me … no matter what I wanted to be when I grow up.
  • Tiger, my sister, who not only encourages and inspires me but planted the very seed in my head that I could actually become a potter.
  • Terry Tessem, who would scoff if he ever read this, but I consider him to be my mentor, my pottery fairy godfather, and, perhaps most importantly, my friend.