David first established his studio over 30 years ago. Completely made by hand, each piece is wheel thrown, glazed and fired to over 2200 degrees. He practices traditional techniques, balancing creativity and craftsmanship. David produces an extensive line of limited edition pottery which is sold in Galleries throughout the country. Only lead free glazes are used and this high-fired stoneware is safe for oven, microwave and dishwasher use.
Laura’s work is “hand built and slip cast with low fire white earthenware and glazed with non-toxic low fire glazes. The images are original pencil drawings drawn by the artist. The images are then printed with enamel and become a ceramic transfer. The images are then individually collaged to each piece and fired permanently to the surface. This technique is a modern version of what was once called transferware, first introduced in the 1700s. Each piece is individually made and variations may occur during the kiln firing. Glaze colors tend to vary slightly and size is approximate due to shrinkage.”
Alison is a local artist. She and her musician husband Steve Katz have lived in Kent for over 15 years. “I’ve always been drawn to ancient ceremonial vessels. My work is about the celebration of life and the natural world. Animal imagery in clay has always been my chosen expression. One of my first pottery teachers told me that I was working my clay to death. I interpreted that to mean that I might be able to resuscitate it if I added a nose. That decision dictated the path I would follow for forty years. Sometimes I make pots into animals and sometimes animals out of my pots. My search is to find the balance between pottery form and animal form and make them fit as one. I strive to achieve a lighthearted meld of the human and animal form.”
Tom was born in Centralia, Illinois in 1958. His first encounter with clay was in 1974, and since 1984 he has worked full time as a potter.Beginning in 1990, hard wood ash became a main ingredient in most of his glazes. Collecting, formulating and incorporating materials found near him in nature (wood ash and a little creek mud) is what Tom finds essential in creating the appearance and texture he looks for in his pots. All of Tom’s work is fired to 2400 degrees and is lead free and food safe. In 1998 Tom and his family moved home and workshop to a beautiful wooded site in the Green Mountains near Middlebury VT.
Lollipop Studios – Tyson and Jessica Geib
Jessica Geib grew up outside of Luckey, Ohio and always wanted to make things and sell them. Tyson Geib grew up in Fremont, Ohio with some obsessive compulsive issues and an affinity for the tedious and the detailed, which eventually lead him to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University with a focus in ceramics. They met at a production pottery studio in northwest Ohio, where they were co-workers for five years before they realized they were perfect for one another. They decided to get engaged, and shortly after that, lost their jobs on exactly the same day. After getting thrown that curveball, starting their own pottery studio seemed the logical thing to do. Now they spend each day happily working together, utilizing their different and complimentary talents in an effort to make pots that are hopefully different from and complimentary to the objects you use and enjoy on a daily basis.
With over 25 years in his craft, nationally acclaimed potter, Bill Campbell, is recognized as the creative force behind the largest art pottery in Pennsylvania. Campbell Pottery brings a bit of celebration into your daily life with each piece of porcelain. the glazes are uniquely radiant in color yet each form is fully functional,, microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.
Functional stoneware pottery created to enhance your everyday experience. Characterized by strong organic forms and earth tone glazes. Ellen Shankin has been creating pottery for the last 40 years. Ellen attended the Rhode Island School of Design and she has her B.F.A. from the New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred. She lives with her husband Brad Warstler, a woodworker.
Heron American Craft Gallery • 16 N. Main Street, Kent CT • 860.927.4804