I am a local craftsman from Juniata County, Pennsylvania. I run the studio with my wife Melissa. I grew up in Juniata County and attended Lock Haven University. While at Lock Haven, to fulfill general education requirements I took various art classes, which included a wheel-thrown pottery class studying under the direction of Professor Vance McCoy. I later graduated and in April of 2006, opened my own pottery studio under the named of Wildfire Pottery. The studio started out in the back of a garage on the Swamp Road in Mexico, Pennsylvania. There I produced many different forms such as: bowls, mugs, vases, teapots, plates, lidded containers, spoon rests, bottles, oil burners, pitchers, and many more. The studio has since been moved to our home in McAlisterville, Pennsylvania. At this time, I do not have a shop of my own. I attend several art festivals and shows throughout the year, operate an Etsy store: Wildfire Pottery, and try to display my work as many different locations as possible. A list of events and locations where my work can be found is available on the events page of this website.
I throw & finish all my pots by hand, starting with a lump of wet clay. Since I began throwing I have been featured by the Juniata County Arts Council at their 2006 & 2007 Soup n' Bowl Luncheon, November/December '06 featured artist at the First National Bank of Mifflintown, won first prize in the 2006, 2007, & 2008, 2010 Juniata County Fair, won "Best of Clay" Award at the 2009 & 2010 Mifflin-Juniata Arts festival, 2013 "Best of Show" award at the Bellefonte Art & Craft Fair, and have been featured by: The Sentinel, The Juniata Sentinel, and The Times in numerous articles. I support several charitable organizations through my work. Each year I donate bowls to the Central PA Food Bank for their annual Soup 'n a Bowl event.
I strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible as I create. All the water I use to throw & finish my pots, as well as mix glazes, is harvested rain water on our property or collected from otherwise wasted sources. The elcetricity used by my potter's wheels, the kiln, & lights is generated by 100% wind power through our local power company.
All pots are food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe unless otherwise noted. For oven use, it is recommended the piece be placed in a cold oven and then preheated. Placing a cold ceramic dish into a hot oven can cause temperature shock and may crack or break the piece. Stovetop applications are not advised. The uneven heating of a stovetop will cause temperature shock.
Thank you for stopping by my site today, and I look forward to working with you in the future!