Brian's simple and restrained forms are oozing with fluid, pastel candy-colored glazes. A college professor turned full time maker, Brian works out of a studio in Philadelphia. His labor intensive approach to glazing and firing is one part science and one part kiln magic. Each piece is handled dozens of times throughout the making process.
Minu opened the doors to Clay Factor Ceramics in Portland, OR, in 2016 in order to create a sustainable ceramic business with quality, dependability, and artistic exploration as the main driving force. In addition to providing ceramic lovers with functional porcelain wares, approaching the clay medium as a form of play is still very much at the heart of her practice.
Ian Buchbinder of Coywolf Studio is a Rhode Island based potter focused on creating unique functional ceramics that bring a smile to your face. Each piece is thrown on a potter's wheel and painted by hand. Presently, Ian's work depicts scenes of carefree, joyful astronauts drifting through space, accompanied by a menagerie of animal companions.
Creative Works Studios was started in 2000 by Shandi and Casey McConnell in Wilmington, North Carolina. Shandi holds a BFA in Sculpture and Casey earned his BS in Natural Resources. They work together in their backyard studio to create “happy little pots” and other useful treasures that will enhance daily living.
Kate Hardy creates her porcelain and stoneware in Washington, DC. Her art is based on peoples' relationships to images, objects, spaces, and each other. Working as a museum specialist and having daily interaction with artifacts informs her creative process. Kate holds an MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design .
Whimsical porcelain ware, handmade in Ohio by Tyson and Jessica Geib "in 75 easy steps." Tyson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and enjoys photography and stargazing in his spare time. He is the thrower, glaze formulator and glazer, while his wife Jessica is the painter, designer and kiln loader. She enjoys sewing and reading when not working in the studio.
Pileto ceramics are handmade by Ventsi and her husband Ivan at their studio in Sofia, Bulgaria. Their work is high-fired stoneware, which is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. "Pileto" means "birdie," one of the many designs found on their work. Ventsi has been making ceramics for 25 years, and both of them are part of the Bulgarian Camber of Crafts.
Sandra began her education at an experimental studio in Mexico City, and then went on to learn a wide range of techniques in Southern California, China, Belgium and Hungary. After her time in Europe, she embraced the industrial process of slip casting, with all the personality and difficulties that come with it. Now she works out of her studio in Ojai, California.