The Workshops page has been updated with detailed information for individuals and organizations that would like to schedule a workshop in my studio or your location.
Take a look at the students' work made in 2019!
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 traditional techniques and tools – a rolling pin, molds for shaping the clay into plates and bowls, a coggle wheel to decorate the edges of the pottery and handcrafted tin cookie cutters for the ornaments. The pieces are fired in an electric kiln rather than the traditional wood-fired kiln, and I use food-safe glazes. My pottery is made in a stone house built in the mid-1700s where I have found shards of redware in the garden. I am a Master Artisan with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and am 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'm looking forward to the tour of my studio in the spring hosted by the Landis Valley Farm Museum. This tour is being held in conjunction with their exhibit “Thrown, Fired, and Glazed: The Redware Tradition from Pennsylvania and Beyond”. The studio tour date is scheduled for June 6th - Signup for the tour through the Museum. Last year my work was on display and will be included in the catalog for the two year exhibit, each year displaying different work. I have 2 Sgraffito workshops scheduled at the museum in Lancaster on April 25th and October 24th.
* Pottery Classes / Workshops *
Learn about and make your own Pennsylvania German Redware.
Classes are tailored for age group and private instruction is available.
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 and October 10 Sgraffito Workshop at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA website
April 25 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 2019 Directory of Traditional American Crafts
My sgraffito bowl is featured in the August 2017 issue.