"Ceramics in itself is a process of stages throwing, drying, firing, glazing, firing again that creates, in the end, a functional and decorative vessel."
Alan Neider uses the common-sense wisdom of pottery's process to create a dialogue between the artist and the viewer with his handmade lamps. He begins by throwing simple pieces of various forms and sizes, drying, trimming and scoring them, then gluing the sections together with slip.
Neider then applies layers of mason stains and white slip. When the piece is dry, he fires it, cools, glazes and fires it once again. Neider wires the lampwork himself and paints the shades with acrylics in a style that interacts with both the form and decoration of the ceramic base.