Welcome to my vision of Pennsylvania Redware crafted 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"
I have been accepted into the Directory of American Crafts for 2020.
Shows canceled - Stahl's Summer Pottery Festival in June,
GWHS Summer Institute, Bath PA in June
White Chimneys 300th Anniversary Gala July 4th
* Pottery Classes / Workshops *
Learn about and make your own Pennsylvania German Redware.
Classes are tailored for age group and private instruction will be available when it's safer.
I offer classes in my studio - One day sgraffito class and a two day redware class.
More detail is available on the Workshops page
Scheduled for 2020
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.
March 28 (Canceled) and September 19 Sgraffito Workshop at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA website
July 25 (rescheduled) and October 24 Sgraffito Workshop at the Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 website
* Early American Life Magazine *
I am included in the 2020 Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
(The certificate will be availale with the June issue)
My sgraffito bowl is featured in the August 2017 issue.