Stronger than dirt

Don Katz is a blind potter based in Southern California. Katz became blind due to bacterial meningitis in 2001. After waking up from a month-long coma he had to relearn to walk and feed himself and adjust to his sightless reality.

What began as an introductory pottery course at The Braille Institute of Los Angeles, has now become Katz’s obsession.

He appreciates feeling the clay take shape on the potter's wheel and how the touch informs the form. He enjoys creating unique handmade functional and decorative ceramic objects.

His ceramics teacher once told him as he struggled on the wheel that “you are stronger than dirt,” words he lives by today.

The work

"All my pieces begin in my mind's eye with an intention to capture form and function. I rely on my sense of touch to see the world and it is this experience I want to convey in my work."

Don Katz

This is a salon-style presentation of featured work by Don Katz, the Blind Potter. Included are four photographs documenting ceramic works created by the blind artisan. The photographs depict, from clockwise: a set of three bowls presented with torn and raw features; a pair of hand-build ceramic roses; a group of three bowls and pots in dark glazes; and a yoga statue from hand-built paper clay in charcoal glaze, presented on acrylic pedestal. Some of these works are available for sale in the website shop. All photographs by Joanne Kim.
The logo for The Blind Potter, depicting the initials DK in Braille, a ceramic pot, a design elements that uplift the notion of creative expression achieved with the mind's eye.
The Blind Potter
Don Katz