Anne Fulper grew up on the Delaware Canal in Bucks County, PA, in a home dotted with ceramics from her grandfather’s Flemington, NJ pottery. Fulper is included in the permanent collection of many U.S. museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Having never known, their “Master Craftsman” grandfather, Anne and her sisters were thrilled to find six notebooks, hidden under the eaves in the attic of the family home, written in their grandfather’s large, fluid scrawl. Here were the secret formulas for the glazes that made Fulper Pottery unique. As a way of connecting to a vanished past and because they knew the look of those glazes down to their bones, they turned those handwritten recipes into the Fulper Tile Company (1985-2000)
Anne is currently working on a collection of essays called Shards, synthesized from a trifecta of her personal experience:
- writing and performing scathing satire in NYC with The Sleazebuckets and Noh Radio
- working with the chemistry of the glazes at Fulper Tile
- a childhood growing up surrounded by vases, ewers, jugs, planters, lamps, powder boxes, perfume burners, bookends, candlesticks, flower frogs, ashtrays and crocks.
Now these pieces of pottery launch several memoir vignettes about a mid-20th century American family, one of whom takes the pot off the pedestal to tell the tale behind it.
In addition to Shards, Anne writes creative non-fiction and, as all essays are written with an ear to live performance, most are accompanied by audio.
* Anne will be reading as part of the virtual Arts and Crafts Conference on August 3rd, 2022. For more information go to; https://arts-craftsconference.com/