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. The 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"
* Early American Life Magazine *
I am included in the 2023 Directory of Traditional American Crafts! The magazine will publish the list in the July/August issue.
My sgraffito plate is pictured on page 69 of the August 2023 issue.
* 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.
March 24 - Redware Heart Ornaments - Decorate your hearts using the sgraffito and slip-trailing techniques - Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601 Sign up
April 20 - Sgraffito plate workshop at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601 Sign up
September 21 - Sgraffito plate workshop at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 105 Seminary St., Pennsburg, PA - Sign up coming soon
October 19 - Sgraffito plate workshop at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601 Sign up
* The Studio *
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.