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July News

 

September 21 - Sgraffito plate workshop at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center,
105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA - Sign up here

 

September 28 & 29 - Fall Fine Craft Fair presented by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. 
Held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center , 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456
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Welcome to my vision of Pennsylvania Redware.
I hand make this pottery using the tools and techniques 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.

I teach the art of Redware in my Sgraffito workshops held at various locations. My students always amaze me - many are first-timers designing and then using the sgraffito technique to create their own work of art.

​​​My favorite Pennsylvania German saying is "Lieben und Geliebt zu werden Ist die Gröst Freud auf Erden” Translation is "To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth"

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        *  Pottery Classes / Workshops  *
    Learn about and make your own Pennsylvania German Redware

Learn the art of scratching on clay to create your special plate - a centuries-old technique the Pennsylvania German potters' used to decorate their fancy pieces of pottery.  I teach workshops at various locations in eastern Pennsylvania.    

September 21 - Sgraffito plate workshop at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., Pennsburg, PA - Sign up here

October 19 - Sgraffito plate workshop at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum,  2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601   Sign up here

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  * Early American Life Magazine *

I'm thrilled that my work was chosen for the photo shoot at Historic Trappe for the 2024 Directory of  Traditional American Crafts. My sgraffito and slipware plates stand on the kitchen mantel of the Muhlenberg House on page 61.  And I was given the opportunity to participate as a "helper" during the shoot too!

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* The Studio *

Circa 1740

The studio is located on the outskirts of Macungie, Pennsylvania
The original portion of this barely two-story house was built in the mid-1700's; before the American Revolution began and the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights were written.

The studio in snow
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