Sarah Woodson / Downing Pottery - Seattle
In summer 1999 Sarah took her first pottery class. Starting as a weekend dabbler, she spent more and more time at the studio until it eventually became a job. Fast forward a decade and its the only job she wants to do. Lucky for all of us, as Sarah's adorable Neighborhood mugs have been such a hit, that she now focuses all of her time to keep up the demand. Besides mugs, Sarah also specializes in functional and modern pottery, from bowls to platters and vases.
Larry Halvorsen / Halvorsen Clay - Seattle
Larry has been working with clay for nearly 30 years and exhibits in galleries nationwide. His art is created using high fire white stoneware clay, coated with black glaze and decorated with sgraffito etching. His ever-changing exploration of form and pattern keeps the work interesting even to long time customers.
Liam Halvorsen / Halvorsen Clay - Seattle
Growing up in a house where both parents are accomplished ceramic artists, it's no surprise that Liam has been making faces out of clay since he was a child. Although his work has been on display alongside his father's in various art shows, Liam had his first solo art show at Venue when he was 18 years old. Liam has always been interested in the human face and translates that through his artwork. His clay work, like much of his 2-D work, is an experiment in the boundaries of the face and the possibilities it holds.
Angie Henrich / Zetamari - Seattle
What began in 1998 with creating mosaics for private collections and public spaces, has sparked a passion for this ancient art form led Angie to study with masters in Italy, Spain, and the US, where she was instilled with a pride of workmanship and technique that is evident in each hand-crafted piece. Angie aspires to bring the joy of spirit she feels with the creation of each piece to the home of others.
Tiffany Thiele / Tiffany Noel - Seattle
Valuing simplicity in design and attention to the small details, Tiffany takes the skills she learned from Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and applies her own talent to every piece she makes. After hand selecting each piece of raw glass from a company based in Portland, OR, she documents how each piece is assembled in her designs, the firing schedule and other technical information. Exploring new ideas and techniques with kiln-formed glass is what keeps this challenging art form fascinating for Tiffany.
Jennifer Ledrick / Jennifer Spring Ceramics - Redmond
Modern handcrafted ceramics
Jennifer creates modern ceramics for the home and entertaining. She is drawn to patterns, textures, bold colors, and designs that enhance the touch experience that clay invites. She loves to create work that is beautiful to look at, but ultimately, functions well. For example, many of her cups have comfort spots, whether it be a cutout at the top of the handle for your thumb or indents on the side that cup your hand.
She uses a combination of ceramics techniques to get the best outcome, including slip casting, hand building, and wheel throwing. Many of her mugs and cups are made with slip cast for consistency and her larger vases and platters are primarily wheel thrown.
Jennifer discovered ceramics in 2000 at Lily in the People in Ballard. The connection was immediate, and even though she took a long break from it to pursue a career in marketing creative services, it drew her back again in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University, but gained most her ceramic experience from local studio classes in Redmond and Pottery NW.