About

Studio Pottery, Phoenixville, PA

studio outside w. magnoliaAs a functional potter living and working in Chester County, PA, I make porcelain, highfire tableware meant for people who love food, and love to present it well. I strive to make pots that are elegant in design, pleasing to the hand and that function well.

I began working as a potter in Colorado, touring the mountains in a VW van, selling my wares at crafts fairs. Back in Denver, I was a founding member of Show of Hands, a co-op fine crafts gallery. When we moved east, I taught ceramics at SUNY Binghamton, New York.

In the late 1980’s, I was a resident artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, a rich experience working within a diverse community of artists, exhibiting nationally, learning a professional studio practice.

During the early 1990’s, I lived in Tokyo, Japan, where I taught ceramics at Seisen International School and was able to tour the famous kilns sites, exploring a pottery aesthetic that strongly influenced the pots I now make.

doug with mugFunctional potters love to hear, “I reach for your mug for my morning coffee.” This pot or that pot; the choice initiates the ritual of a first cup of coffee. Acts of choosing guide us to pay attention to small details in our day, expanding the experience–welcoming the potter to participate. Pots can set a process of community in motion, and community can be as intimately local as you, the pot, and the lives you share in your kitchen.

Pots are at work being held, and holding: the classic cylinder of a teapot or pitcher containing space, and the bowl generously offering its space.

Pot-making has provided the golden thread in my life that has survived home moves, day jobs, and raising kids. After moving back to Pennsylvania, I opened my studio, Milkhouse Studio in Phoenixville, teaching at Chester Springs Studio, and at Milkhouse.

The exploration of form continues now in a spacious and light-filled studio, where even sweeping the floor is a peculiar pleasure.

Potter, Milkhouse Studio, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 1997 to present
Founding member of CLAYBODY, a group of local clay artists. 2007 to present
Teacher, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. present
Teacher, Ceramics and 3-dimensional art, Seisen International School, Tokyo, Japan. 1992-1996
Resident Artist, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1986-1989
Ceramics Instructor, State University of New York at Binghamton, New York. 1984-1986
Studio Potter, Denver, Colorado. 1976-1984
Founding member of Show of Hands, a cooperative fine crafts gallery, Denver, Colorado.