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"
New YouTube video - BCTV.org's program "Your Berks Craftsmen" recorded via Zoom in July
I am listed in the 2020 Directory of American Crafts sponsored by the Early American Life magazine.
Stahl's Fall Pottery Festival - October 1 through 31, 2020 - website
Landis Valley Sgraffito Workshop - October 24
Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival, Kutztown - October 31st and November 1st
Der Belsnickel - November 27 and 28
* Pottery Classes / Workshops *
Learn about and make your own Pennsylvania German Redware.
Classes are tailored for age group and private instruction is available.
Currently offering classes held on my patio.
In the future I will again offer classes in my studio -
One day sgraffito class and a two day redware class.
More detail is available on the Workshops page
I am offering sgraffito classes on my patio - good weather required. We would be outside where we can sit more than 6 feet apart without masks. I have room for 2 students that are in the same bubble, because you will sit next to each other. I will be offering heart ornaments, 7 and 10 inch plates. Details on the Workshop 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.
October 24 Canceled because Landis Valley remains closed at this time. We hope to return to this beautiful site soon! website
* Early American Life Magazine *
I am included in the 2020 Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
My sgraffito bowl is featured in the August 2017 issue.