Monte Young Pottery
2841 South State Road 162
Jasper, IN 47546
I was introduced to pottery making at 13 and now, over 40 years later, I’m still in love with the process, the product, and the use of handmade pottery in my day-to-day life.
After graduating from college in 1984 my close friend Kent Henderson (Galena Clayworks) and I moved to Galena and started making pots on a daily basis. Over the last 30+ years I moved my studio throughout 5 states in the Midwest, finally settling down in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana in the town of Jasper in order to live close to our 6 grandchildren where my wife and I built our “forever home and studio”.
The intention of my pottery is to make well-made traditional forms for daily use which function well and feel good in the user’s hands. I want my work to offer rich earthy tones which I hope to achieve through minimal slips and glazes which we fire in our cross draft wood kiln.
Hope you like them, Monte…
Pigeon Road Pottery
7744 Pigeon Road
Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539
I’ve always loved to draw. First with crayon, then with ink and now on clay. I wrap botanical drawings and patterns around three-dimensional forms that I’ve created on my potter's wheel. The marriage of two disciplines fascinates me. Creating the right balance is my focus.
While carving I spend a long time interacting with each piece. My goal is to make my marks loose and spontaneous... as if they grew from the piece itself. Over time I’ve developed a “catalog” of personal imagery that allows me to carve with unplanned, impulsive abandon.
My stoneware dishes are functional, one-of-a-kind objects. The greatest compliment I receive is hearing that one of my pieces has a special spot in someone’s home, and is also used at their table.
Roberta Polfus Ceramics
My carved and sometimes gestural pieces are intimate forms that fit and feel good in the hand. While they are generally not representations of actual objects, they reflect the shapes, patterns, colors and surfaces that I am drawn to in nature—the petals of an apple blossom, the grooves of a spindle shell, the pattern of a hosta leaf or the texture of a weathered rock all inform and inspire my work.
I use a combination of wheel thrown and hand-built forms that are altered, carved and sprigged. With a variety of airbrushed matte and gloss glazes that enhance the surfaces, the pieces are fired in a gas kiln, cone 10 reduction.