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North Fork-based ceramicist Chris Fanjul is a winemaker’s apprentice gone wrong. A former cellar rat at Paumanok Vineyards, in Aquebogue, he quit the business when he realized that owning his own winery wasn’t in his immediate future. Having majored in anthropology in college,  the cultural scientist in him longed to make things with his hands. But it wasn’t until 2013, when he attended a pottery workshop at the Brick House Ceramic Art Center, in Long Island City, that he discovered he had a feel for clay. “I loved the nature of the wheel,” he recently recalled from his Mattituck studio in the basement of his home. “It was magic.”

Looking at Steven Schreiber’s arresting photography, it’s hard to imagine that the 58-year-old artist only began working in the medium six years ago. After a quadruple bypass in 2011 he turned his life around, getting a degree in photography and graduating with honors....