Wishing you a Happy New Year!
I thank everyone who has purchased my work at a show or on-line. You are helping to keep the traditions of this beautiful art form alive!
2022 Sgraffito workshops have been scheduled! The earliest will happen on Sunday February 27 at Regina Marie Designs Fine Art & Craft Gallery, Route 73, Skippack, Pennsylvania. Class sizes are limited and registration ends 1 week prior to the workshop. More information about workshops here
Welcome to my vision of Pennsylvania Redware. I hand make this pottery in the traditions of the Pennsylvania German potters.
Pottery is meant to be touched and you can feel the design scratched into the surface of my sgraffito pieces. My tulips, birds and hearts are inspired by Pennsylvania German folk art of all kinds. I use a rolling pin, molds for shaping the clay into plates and bowls, a coggle wheel to decorate the edges and handcrafted tin cookie cutters for the ornaments. The pieces are fired in an electric kiln rather than the traditional wood-fired kiln.
I am a Master Artisan with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and listed in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts presented by Early American Life magazine.
My favorite Pennsylvania German saying is "Lieben und Geliebt zu werden Ist die Gröst Freud auf Erden” Translation = "To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth
Sgraffito a Tree ornament video
My favorite part of making redware is the sgraffito technique but there are many steps to complete before I can have fun. Cutting out the shapes with a tin cookie cutter, making a hole for the ribbon, shaping the round ornament into a shallow dish, applying 5 very thin coats of slip, making the coggle marks around the edge and finally, I can scratch my design. Then when the ornament is completely dry it is bisque fired, 3 coats of glaze are applied and it's fired again. Lastly the ribbon is threaded through the hole and a knot finishes it!
* Pottery Classes / Workshops *
Learn about and make your own Pennsylvania German Redware
Learn the art of scratching on clay to create your special plate - an ancient technique the Pennsylvania German potters' used to decorate their fancy pieces of pottery. All materials, tools and idea books are provided.
February 27 - Regina Marie Designs Fine Art & Crafts Gallery, 4076 W Skippack Pike, Skippack, PA 19474 website
March 12 - Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 website
April 2 - FULL - Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438-1020
September 17 - Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 website
October 8 - Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438-1020 website
* Early American Life Magazine *
I am included in the 2021 Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
My sgraffito plate is pictured on page 66 of the August 2021 issue.
My Peace Dove ornament is available for purchase through EAL beginning October 2020. It is a limited addition and each ornament is signed and numbered
* The Studio *
The studio is located on the outskirts of Macungie, Pennsylvania
The original portion of this one and a half story house was built in the mid-1700's; before the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.