Caroline Freese | Indianola
Caroline Freese Designs
I was born and raised on a small farm in Indianola, Iowa. Always involved in my parentsâ€™ farm and 4-H, I have a soft spot for animals and nature. Graduating from Iowa State University in 2016, I earned a BFA in Integrated Studio Arts, focusing in ceramics.
I create handmade, wheel thrown ceramics using b-mix clay. My forms and glazes are unique to my brand and fired in an electric kiln to cone 6. I decorate my work with black iron oxide printed decals, based on my original, folk inspired animal paintings. My ceramic work is functional and delightful.
Erin Hill | Altoona
Erin Hill Art Studio
Erin Hill is a former art teacher and now full-time ceramic artist. Erin creates individually designed decorative and functional ceramic forms often including the sgraffito process.
Lisa Jontz | Baxter
Inspired by the beauty of nature in her own backyard, potter Lisa Jontz founded Backyard Pottery in 2001. After moving to a Baxter, Iowa farm in 2006, she found herself creatively stimulated by the gorgeousness of God's country: the bountiful Midwest plains.
Lisa designs highly functional yet artistic pieces so people can incorporate art into their daily lives. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are guaranteed to encourage enjoyment of lifeâ€™s everyday moments.
Alongside Lisa in her studio you may find her husband, son or extended family. She considers their practical and aesthetic advice a treasured component of her creative process.
Eric Peterson | Perry
Possessed with a natural curiosity, Eric’s interest in pottery began in high school and further developed at the Octagon Center for the Arts, in Ames, Iowa where he was able to practice and perfect his art with
hours of open studio time at his disposal. Following this training, Eric apprenticed at a local interactive outdoor museum where his hand-thrown stoneware took shape. The simplicity of both form and function became a priority for him and his work reflects that in a variety of functional stoneware and earthenware that appeal to the eye and meet practical needs.
Using a variety of clay, glazes, slips, and more recently, hand-etched drawings by his wife, Betsy, Eric’s work continues to develop into a variety of forms including flowerpots made with local Dallas County
clay, pitchers, mugs, bowls, porcelain dishes and whimsical ware. Eric’s experience, hard work and fine-honed skills are evident in each piece.
Ruben Ruiz | Huxley
Deer Creek Ceramics
My fascination with nature is a major influence in my work. My aim is to create pieces that inspire a smile. It was in 2005 that I came in contact with clay for the first time, at the Irvine Fine Arts Center in California where I learned wheel throwing. The hand building part of my work is a self-taught process.
My work is made with porcelain or stoneware clay. I wheel throw most of my pieces and then either alter them, add texture, and/or create sculptural details. Each piece is individually glazed and then fired in a reduction atmosphere at temperature above 2100 degrees.
Dan Sorensen | Swea City
Stone Cellar Pottery
Dan graduated from Luther College with an Art Education major in 1968 with a emphasis in ceramics under Dean Schwarz. Following graduation he spent the summer at Pond Farm Pottery studying under Marguerite Wildenhain. The fall of 1968 Dan began teaching Art K-12 in the Swea City School system, met his wife Judy and they raised their family in a house with a stone foundation and Stone Cellar Pottery was born. Dan taught for 35 years retiring in 2003 and now devotes his time making pottery. Danâ€™s work is decorative wheel thrown stoneware, and follows the Bauhaus tradition of form follows function.
Kate Trimble | Dallas Center
Cattle Shed Pottery
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Iowa based potter, Kate Trimble has been experimenting and honing her skills since the early 80s. Her wheel thrown, functional pottery is supplemented with hand built sculptures inspired by a lifetime of traveling and living around the world. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a BFA, Kate began an art teaching career. In 2008 Cattle Shed Pottery was born with a drive to search for beauty and originality in functional pottery. Kate believes pottery needs to be seen, felt, and held and welcome visitors to her studio in Dallas County.