August News

Summertime is for making pottery, working in my garden and attending live music events.  When September 17th rolls around​ I will be found teaching a sgraffito workshop at the Landis Valley Museum Store.  Sign up here - limited to 12 attendees.

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Welcome to my vision of Pennsylvania Redware. I hand make this pottery in the tradition 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"

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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 - an ancient technique the Pennsylvania German potters' used to decorate their fancy pieces of pottery.  All materials, tools and idea books are provided.  Registration is required and is limited to 12 persons.

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 *

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I am included in the 2022 Directory of  Traditional American Crafts!

 

My sgraffito plate is pictured on page 66 of the August 2022 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

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* The Studio *

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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.

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