Christopher Borg

Christopher Borg

Christopher Borg

Chris Borg is a stay at home dad and potter who lives on a small farm in Pleasant Hill, Oregon. Most of his work is fired at home in a high fire gas kiln or a car kiln where soda ash is added as a flux. He also participates in long firings of collaborative wood kilns that can cook over a hundred hours for unique results. He really enjoys creating functional kitchen wares and the alchemy of homemade decorative slips and glazes.

 


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Alyson Dal Ponte

Alyson Dal Ponte

Alyson Dal Ponte

Stardancers

Aly’s clay creations reflect her interests in critters and creatures and are the subject of many of her sculptures.  Always attracted to natural, earthy forms, much of her work is fired in a gas kiln using stains, washes, raku glazes or smoke-fired using horse hair/southwest and saggar style firings with leaves and branches from the garden.

Aly taught classes and demonstrated her Artisan skills at the Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs, Florida. She is a past member of the Potters Council, the Artist Guild of Live Oak and the High Springs Art Co-op of north-central Florida.  Her work has been exhibited on studio tours, juried art shows, boutiques and galleries in California, Arkansas, Florida, and Oregon. Currently, she is a member of two southern Oregon organizations, Ashland Art Center and Clayfolk.


Contact:

email: alyson287@gmail.com

Facebook: /alyson-dal-ponte/Stardancers

 

Tea Thanhbinh Duong

Tea Thanhbinh Duong

Tea Thanhbinh Duong

Junction City, OR

Tea came from Vietnam as a child and has worked as a potter in Europe, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. He uses a porcelain clay body and fires his pieces in a high fire gas kiln or in a woodfire kiln. Tea mixes his own glazes and loves to discover new forms, techniques and to push the clay as far as it will take him.


Contact

Phone: 541-510-2334

Tea Thanhbinh Duong - vessel
Tea Thanhbinh Duong - vase

Nina Fernstrom-Duong

Nina Fernstrom-Duong

Nina Fernstrom-Duong - Hanging Fishes

Nina Fernstrom-Duong

Raku Fish

Nina came to Oregon from Sweden and she loves to create funny personalities and characters in the pottery fish. They are hand thrown on a pottery wheel and Raku fired. Because of the opportunity for variation in Raku pottery, each personally signed ceramic fish ornament is unique.

You can find Nina’s fish in select galleries across the US.


Contact:

Email | Website

Nina Fernstrom-Duong - Fishes
Carole Hayne

Carole Hayne

Carole Hayne

Firesong Ceramics

I was born in Southern Oregon when trees covered most of the land. Trees have provided the inspiration for most of my artwork whether it was oil paints, watercolors, or pen and ink drawings. Now they inform my pottery.  Now and then, one can see a touch of geometric precision in a series of pieces. influenced by my study of physics and mathematics. The math and science in my background has helped in glaze formulation.

 

My future husband introduced me to pottery in 1990.  Soon I was developing glazes to set off his pottery and dabbling in creating my own artistic pieces.  Starting in 2006, I began showing and selling my own creations.  I introduce a new collection every several years.  My first successful line was the Spring Reeds which feature sprigged grasses.  This morphed into a line of modern geometric shapes that stood cubes on a vertex to make a vase.  A workshop last fall turned the cubes back on a side and into lidded boxes with inlaid patterns.  My latest series is the Madrone grove collection featuring the negative space between Madrone tree trunks.

My shop on Etsy is called Firesong Pottery.

My website and online store: firesongpottery.com

My email: carole@firesongpottery.com

I am also part of the OPA’s Showcase Show and Sale in Portland the last week in April.

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Roxanne Hunnicutt

Roxanne Hunnicutt

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Roxanne Hunnicutt
Roxanne Hunnicutt - plate 2
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Roxanne Hunnicutt

Laughing Waters Pottery

Although making utilitarian pottery has been my consuming interest for fifty years, like many artists, I have worked in related fields to support my passion. For years I taught art and other subjects in public schools. After receiving a B.A and lifetime teaching credential from California State University in Sacramento, I have taught, lived and made pottery in California, Colorado, and Oregon. My major was art, with a large part of that study in art history. I added a Master’s degree in Education from Southern Oregon University in Ashland recently.

Laughing Waters Pottery in Grants Pass is my studio in a small room and garage. Pottery equipment (a pottery wheel, kilns, slab table, extruder, pug mill and lots of clay) has taken over the room, the garage and spread to the yard. It is quite a sight, much more interesting that the Better Homes and Gardens version of a beautiful yard. At least to a potter it is heavenly.

Ross, my husband, now makes his own pieces and smoke fires our big decorative platters, which is a primitive firing method he carries out in a barrel using just Oregon hard woods.

Also some of our new work is sculptural, both figurative and non representational. I love to find new areas of pottery and try them. Welding classes allowed for added metal in some of my sculptures.

In 1977 I made and sold quite a few $10 cups, financing a month’s trip into eight countries in Europe with high school students. There and in Washington DC I saw work that has continued to influence my designs. I continue to visit museums and collections whenever I can.

Outside my pottery business, I still tutor, working for local public school districts. I now enjoy working with students who do not prosper in the regular classrooms or have been excluded from regular classrooms. One-on-one, these students are just wonderful people who I genuinely love to teach and know.

I also attend regular meetings of pottery groups and workshops. I keep learning and practicing. I hope those efforts and my love of all pottery shows in my work.


Contact:

Email | Website

 

Michael McKinney

Michael McKinney

Michael McKinney-black casserole

 

Michael McKinney

Grateful Dad Pottery
427 SW H St, Grants Pass, OR 97526

Celebrating American Craft Week October 6-11 at Grateful Dad Pottery studio; demos, open studio, and more. 10-5 daily

Clayfolk Show Pop-up: October 17-18, 10-5 both days

 

I am compelled to alter surfaces with textures, lines, shapes, and images. Anything that lets the clay participate in the creative process works for me. I often carve with one drag tool or draw with a calligraphy brush. Carving lets me focus on space while brush designs share gestures found in leaves and flowers. Most pieces originate from the wheel, slabs, or extruded shapes. Project ideas are usually explored through a series of three or more. Eventually, most any project becomes an exercise in problem solving, one mark or brush stroke leading to another until the piece becomes its own.

My work is often found in the home, garden, and kitchen. Hopefully, there is a connection to food, flowers or fun. I expect my work to serve a purpose beyond visual beauty, regardless of design. Creative projects continually change, this week irregular extruded forms and the next carving fermenting crocks.

Clay is my bridge between the visual and conceptual world. Through pottery I strive to connect us to the earth and our daily experiences. Use my pottery for daily existence and the connection is complete.


Contact:

Click here for Michael’s email
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Michael’s phone: 503-863-7197

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Michael McKinney-red-white tall vase
Michael McKinney-raku-square vase 2
Michael McKinney-tall vase
Michael McKinney-raw and blue vessel
Sally Pursell

Sally Pursell

Sally Pursell

Twice Baked Clay

Bio & Artist’s Statement

Contact:

Email: sally.bakedclay@gmail.com

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Patricia Richey

Patricia Richey

Patricia Richey - yarn bowl
Pat Richey Leaf Platter
Patricia Richey - yarn holder

Patricia Richey

Riverpoint Studio

After retiring from my job as a computer programmer working for a large company based in Southern California, I decided to explore different hobbies and settled on pottery after taking a class at Rogue Community College. I discovered a joy in creating something from a pile of clay. I try my hand at different types of clay work including functional ware, sculpture and garden items.  My studio is Riverpoint Studio in Merlin and I currently sell my pieces at various shows in the area including Clayfolk Show and Sale, Hugo Ladies Quilt Show and Southern Oregon Artist Show and Sale.  My ceramic pieces are now available for purchase at G Street Marketplace, 137 SW G St, Grants Pass, Oregon, Booth 140.


Contact:

Facebook  Email  riverpointstudio@gmail.com   Phone # 541-218-1730

Patricia Richey - bird feeder
Linda Smiley

Linda Smiley

 

Linda Smiley

Rogue River Pottery

 
I moved to Southern Oregon and retired from my Beauty business about 15 years ago. I needed to fill my creative niche my husband bought me a kiln and a wheel and away I went. I hadn’t done any Pottery since I was in high school which was a very long time ago. I read everything in the library watched every video took every class and started making pots. I do mostly small things. A lot of mugs earrings good small gift items. I love it and hope you will love my things too

CONTACT

Phone: 541-582-6733 or 541-301-6336

Email: lindalsmiley@yahoo.com

 

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