Stephanie Young, of Calmwater Designs, creates unique carved porcelain vessels. Each piece is wheelthrown, trimmed, and carefully carved by hand with very simple tools and a tremendous amount of time. Her work uses design elements from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, and her forms are reminiscent of Rookwood, Roseville and Tiffany pottery. Many of the works depict natural subjects derived from the New England outdoors. Each piece is glazed using a layering process, resulting in unique finishes and colors. 

Young studied at the Art Institute of Boston - initially painting and drawing. Both her mother and grandmother were antique dealers, instilling in her a deep appreciation of beautiful old things. While these forms and designs are firm in her heart and mind, she supplements her creative library with a variety of patterns, such as those found in local architectural details, antique silverplate, and tin ceiling tiles. These observations of her immediate environment are transferred onto the surface of the vessel. 

Each piece leading to the next, you will not see duplicates, but rather a family - several pieces of unique sizes and shapes sharing a common subject or glaze combination. One can see the subjects and architecture being explored and refined as the pieces are created. Young works from miniature to kiln-sized, perfume bottles to lamps, all with the unifying elements of sound artistic design. 

Young has taught ceramics and managed studios in the Boston area for over ten years. She has worked with children, teens and adults, instructing them in both handbuilding and wheelthrowing skills. She currently teaches at the Harvard Ceramic Program and Wheelock College and is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.