North Carolina artists Ed and Kate Coleman have known they would become ceramics artists since high school. "Some may call it an obsession- the way we feel about clay- we love working with clay, hanging out with people who work with clay, buying clay objects from other artists…. We hope that the excitement we feel when making a piece is transferred to the owners of our clay works."
Canadian artists Rick and Nancy Hilborn began creating functional ceramics in 1975, and now manage the studio with their children. Hilborn ceramics are oven, dishwasher and microwave safe.
Pennsylvania artist David Stabley creates sculptural ceramic tiles and vases with textured surfaces and architectural details. Much of his subject matter is slightly surreal and dreamlike with floating beds, sleeping heads, stars and houses drifting throughout. "I am fascinated by the unknown and the mysteries of the universe."
Pennsylvania artist Deb Fleck-Stabley creates colorful, whimsical ceramic works of earthenware clay. Painted with layers of glazes and underglazes each design is an original. Inspired by nature, Deb's work is food safe and can be warmed in the oven or microwave.
Michigan artist Mary Kuilema creates stoneware tiles and tile collages that are inspired by the Michigan landscape. Glazes may vary slightly according to firing times and temperatures. All tiles are fired to about 2200 ̊ F. The bas relief images cast subtle shadows enhancing the textures of the tiles. Her tiles have been installed in homes, businesses and community organization buildings across West Michigan and embraced by long-distance clients as well. (Press Photo/Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood)
In 1992 Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today over thirty people help her create over 10,000 square feet of tile a year! These distinctive tiles are known for their rich glazes and are inspired by nature, art and architecture.
Oregon potters Alan and Brenda Newman began creating together in 1978. They are known for their functional porcelain work combining botanical elements and sculptural forms. Over the years they have developed flowing matt microcrystalline glazes that make each piece beautifully unique.