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Jason Laney

November 1, 1975 — July 6, 2022

Jason Laney loved clay. He was passionate about everything it involved: forming, glazing, firing, teaching, collaboration, and friendships. He was immersed in it and was able to devote his life to it. A very well-known potter said: his “loss to the world of clay is incalculable.” He also said “Jason was a natural-born teacher.” Jason’s love of clay, knowledge, sense of humor, and desire to help others succeed was inspiring to all who knew him.

Jason’s interest in ceramics began in college and then taking classes at local community colleges. He volunteered for 4 years with Nils Lou at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, to learn everything he could about pottery. Jason then obtained his Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland in 2021. Two days later he fulfilled his dream of teaching at a college level at Hood College, where he was hired as an adjunct professor. Many students commented that he was an exceptional, supportive, and caring teacher, who was free in sharing his knowledge and encouraging students to create and have fun.
Wood-firing pottery was his “beautiful obsession.” He fired in wood kilns whenever he could—and took multiple shifts, if needed--because he loved every facet of it. He intently observed the results of the interactions of fire, clay, glazes and kiln form. He loved making large work and tea bowls, several of which were exhibited at the Philadelphia International Tea Bowl Exhibition in 2021 and 2023.

Jason was born in Dallas, Oregon in November 1975 to Wes and Nancy Laney; he passed away in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in July 2022. He is remembered with love and admiration by his mother, Nancy Reynolds; his brother, John Reynolds; his sister, Molly Taylor; and dozens of family members, friends, and lovers of clay throughout the U.S., in Ireland, and in Japan.

We will all remember his iconic orange “I Throw Things” t-shirts, which were his trademark. We will now remember that as “I Throw Beautiful Things.”

Arrangements are by SimpleChoice Cremation Services, Inc., Chambersburg, PA.

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