Photo was taken from the Pottery Boys website.
I have been posting about the Pottery Boys www.potteryboys.com this week and their open house this Saturday, August 19th. The piece above is from their vast collection, each piece I feel is extraordinary. I wanted to share a few more of their pieces, a glimpse into the creativity of David Erpenbach, another skilled artist, and delve into a collection at the Chicago History Museum www.chicagohistory.org
One of the Pottery Boys pieces and an up close photo of the special top. The details look like jewelry. Both photos were taken by me in their Studio.
Another from their website.
Another photo I took in the Studio.
From Tom Mantel and Tom Hawley’s Collection, I featured the grouping of three pieces in another post here is the very large piece close up and then the exquisite detail of the top of the sculpture and the intricate almost lace like work of the body of the piece.
While I was preparing this post my thoughts wandered back in time to the apartment of a dear friend and colleague at Columbia College Chicago, Dianne Erpenbach and her husband, Jon, and their collection of their son, David’s unique, and wonderful art pottery. Why don’t ask me, I haven’t thought about it in years. I contacted Dianne who in turn let David know I was interested in seeing his current work. I asked him to share his thoughts as well…you know I will do that!
Here are those thoughts and some of his special pieces:
“I use traditional wheel thrown and hand built techniques to begin all of my pieces. My vision is to take traditional pottery forms and make them more unique by cutting, altering and adding several thrown and hand built pieces to create one final form. Some of my pieces may use up to ten or more thrown or hand built pieces to create one piece. I do not use molds so all of my pieces are original and one of a kind. My experience with firing includes High Fire reduction, High and Low Fire oxidation, Soda Fire, Salt Fire, Pit Fire and Raku. I have five years of learning and experimentation during my undergraduate study at Northern Michigan University where I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a studio concentration in ceramics.”
David Erpenbach at his wheel.
My favorites of David’s work…as you know I am a green girl, but these really drew me into them. All above photos courtesy of David Erpenbach.
The Midwest is known for its pottery, think Ohio for an example, McCoy, Hall, Shawnee, USA, actually a mark not a brand, (all of which I collect in white, you have seen some of that collection, and some green pieces). Roseville, Rookwood, and Weller, of course, and all the Arts and Crafts designers and Mid-Century artists. The subject is huge and I will probably do future posts on it but I wanted to do a short photo essay on Teco which was/is done locally. “The American Terra Cotta Tile and Ceramic Company was founded in 1881 in Terra Cotta, Illinois between Crystal Lake and McHenry. It became the first American manufacturer of architectural terra cotta (I did a post on terra cotta a few weeks ago in my Thursday Collections series). The founder William Day Gates began experimenting with clays and glazes for art pottery which introduced TECO Pottery (TErra COtta) in 1899. It is known for it’s Teco Green glaze, a smooth, microcrystalline, matte.” (Source Wikipedia). I like to credit as much as I can to local resources for nenasnotes and I found several pieces housed in our Chicago History Museum Collections www.chicagohistory.org all from around l905.
The three pieces above are in the Chicago History Museum Decorative Arts Collection.
This piece found on Pinterest photo credit unknown. I think it is stunning.
An out of print book….if you are interested I would suggest an internet search.
Of course, you will find many, many art pottery pieces to add to or start your collection at the Randolph Street Market www.randolphstreetmarket.com Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27 from 10 to 5.