Clay & Fire Pottery
Place Category: Pottery
Grant has been a professional potter for over 25 years. He was a high school Art teacher in Menomonie, WI for 20 years as well, and during that time he enjoyed sharing his love of art and pottery with his students and the community. He has a BFA in Painting along with his Art Education degree from UW Eau-Claire. Grant also completed a Master’s Degree in Ceramics at UW- Superior.
In 2020, Grant and his wife Kathy made some life changes, deciding to move north to be near family. Now that his home, studio and kilns are all north, Grant is able to work full time as a potter doing what he loves – making beautiful, yet functional pottery for his customers to enjoy and use in their everyday lives.
Grant begins the creative process by hand making each piece individually with either stoneware or porcelain clay. Most pieces are made using a potter’s wheel. Over the years, Grant has developed a number of different glaze formulas. He uses the glazes either alone or in combination with other glazes to give each piece its unique finished color.
Before the pottery is complete, it must first be fired in a kiln to over 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the desired outcome for each piece, Grant uses three types of kilns: electric, gas and wood fired. Each different kiln helps to create the final, varied effects that Grant enjoys about working with clay and fire.
Since he wants his pottery to be used by his customers in their daily lives, all of Grant’s pottery is lead free as well as dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.
Grant has his pottery for sale at Arts in Hand Gallery (Spooner), Fusion BCM (Webster), LaDeeDah (Menomonie), The Local Store (Eau Claire) and Tangled Up in Hue (Eau Claire). He also has a showroom with pottery for sale next to his studio and visitors are always welcome!
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