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Our Mission

The goal of The Philadelphia Potters is to promote the creativity, diversity, and excellence of functional pottery being made in Philadelphia, and within our extended community of peers. Our objective is to educate, inspire, and inform the Philadelphia audience and beyond about this timeless art form.

 
Hiroe Hanazono    I create pots that serve not only as a vehicle for the presentation of food but that also transcends visual pleasure and stimulates the appetite. The work I make is a pedestal for food. My intention is to reinforce the act of eating as a vital component of everyday life, to enrich appreciation of the food and to enhance the ambiance of one’s space-one’s home environment.  The work consists of simple line forms with muted colors. Its minimal aesthetic does not compete with one’s domestic surroundings.  Hiroe Hanazono, a native of Japan, received her BA in Spatial Art and Ceramics from California State University, Hayward California in 2003, and her MFA in Ceramics from the School of Art, Ohio University, Athens Ohio in 2008.  She has been invited to participate in numerous prestigious artist-in-residency programs, a few of which include the Archie Bray Foundation, The International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia where she awarded the 2008-2009 Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship. She produces highly designed functional tableware in her Philadelphia home studio. As well as her thriving practice, Hanazono teaches a variety of ceramics classes in New York City and in the Philadelphia region.

Hiroe Hanazono

I create pots that serve not only as a vehicle for the presentation of food but that also transcends visual pleasure and stimulates the appetite. The work I make is a pedestal for food. My intention is to reinforce the act of eating as a vital component of everyday life, to enrich appreciation of the food and to enhance the ambiance of one’s space-one’s home environment.

The work consists of simple line forms with muted colors. Its minimal aesthetic does not compete with one’s domestic surroundings.

Hiroe Hanazono, a native of Japan, received her BA in Spatial Art and Ceramics from California State University, Hayward California in 2003, and her MFA in Ceramics from the School of Art, Ohio University, Athens Ohio in 2008.

She has been invited to participate in numerous prestigious artist-in-residency programs, a few of which include the Archie Bray Foundation, The International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia where she awarded the 2008-2009 Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship. She produces highly designed functional tableware in her Philadelphia home studio. As well as her thriving practice, Hanazono teaches a variety of ceramics classes in New York City and in the Philadelphia region.

Ryan J. Greenheck    Ryan J. Greenheck received his Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004.  He also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2002.  He has participated in numerous national juried exhibitions and invitational shows since 2000.  His work is represented in many galleries throughout the country.  Ryan currently is a practicing studio potter and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ryan J. Greenheck

Ryan J. Greenheck received his Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004.  He also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2002.  He has participated in numerous national juried exhibitions and invitational shows since 2000.  His work is represented in many galleries throughout the country.  Ryan currently is a practicing studio potter and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Naomi Cleary    Naomi received an MFA in 2007 from The Ohio State University and BFA from The University of the Arts in 2002. Naomi returned to Philadelphia in early 2008 to work as a full time studio artist. Naomi has spent a summer at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and has twice participated in residencies at The Belden Brick Factory. She has taught hand building and throwing to children and adults in classroom and workshop settings. Naomi is currently the Retail & Communications Manager at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. She lives and shares a studio with partner Daniel Ricardo Teran in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia and is a founding member of the Brewerytown Ceramics Collective. 

Naomi Cleary 

Naomi received an MFA in 2007 from The Ohio State University and BFA from The University of the Arts in 2002. Naomi returned to Philadelphia in early 2008 to work as a full time studio artist. Naomi has spent a summer at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and has twice participated in residencies at The Belden Brick Factory. She has taught hand building and throwing to children and adults in classroom and workshop settings. Naomi is currently the Retail & Communications Manager at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. She lives and shares a studio with partner Daniel Ricardo Teran in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia and is a founding member of the Brewerytown Ceramics Collective. 

 
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    Michael Connelly is a potter in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, as well as Assistant Professor at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. In 2010, he founded the Bailey Street Arts Corridor in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia.  He received his B.F.A and M.F.A from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Connelly has taught and presented lectures and workshops at various venues nationally and internationally, including classes at Alfred University, Haystack School for Crafts, Alberta College of Art and Design, Archie Bray Foundation and Penland School of Crafts.  His utilitarian pottery is in the permanent collections of the China Yaoware Museum, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Asheville Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Hintington Museum or Ceramic Art and Long Beach Museum of Art

Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is a potter in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, as well as Assistant Professor at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. In 2010, he founded the Bailey Street Arts Corridor in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

He received his B.F.A and M.F.A from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Connelly has taught and presented lectures and workshops at various venues nationally and internationally, including classes at Alfred University, Haystack School for Crafts, Alberta College of Art and Design, Archie Bray Foundation and Penland School of Crafts.

His utilitarian pottery is in the permanent collections of the China Yaoware Museum, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Asheville Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Hintington Museum or Ceramic Art and Long Beach Museum of Art

Daniel Ricardo Teran     My aim, as a potter, is to create an opportunity for an intimate experience for the viewer and user of my pieces to slow down, to hold, turn, touch, and investigate what I have created. I have become increasingly concerned about the pace at which most people move through their day, with little time for community, family, explorations of the natural world, and ones overall well being. The notion of slowing down to enjoy life's subtleties must absolutely be manifested! In slowing down, we can begin to rediscover how community can bring us warmth, family can ground us, heritage shows us our roots, and that the natural world is abundant and salubrious. I find solace and joy in making hand made pottery that, to me, inherently shows reverence and embraces these principles of slowness.   Daniel received his BFA form the Kansas City Art Institute in 2007 and has since completed residencies at Watershed Center For The Ceramic Arts, and The Armory Art Center. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pa. Daniel is currently an instructor at The Clay Studio's School.   

Daniel Ricardo Teran

My aim, as a potter, is to create an opportunity for an intimate experience for the viewer and user of my pieces to slow down, to hold, turn, touch, and investigate what I have created. I have become increasingly concerned about the pace at which most people move through their day, with little time for community, family, explorations of the natural world, and ones overall well being. The notion of slowing down to enjoy life's subtleties must absolutely be manifested! In slowing down, we can begin to rediscover how community can bring us warmth, family can ground us, heritage shows us our roots, and that the natural world is abundant and salubrious. I find solace and joy in making hand made pottery that, to me, inherently shows reverence and embraces these principles of slowness.

Daniel received his BFA form the Kansas City Art Institute in 2007 and has since completed residencies at Watershed Center For The Ceramic Arts, and The Armory Art Center. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pa. Daniel is currently an instructor at The Clay Studio's School.

 

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Roberta Massuch

 The functional objects I create emerge from observations of the lived space. Light shifts across a room, affecting how one perceives objects in the home; reflections and shadows cause relationships to appear between two (or more) surfaces and the spaces in between. My quiet, simple vessels with white exterior surfaces are inextricably involved with nearby objects; I am intrigued by the way the surface of one always affect the perception of another due to shifts in the intensity and direction of light covering the forms. Architectural, yet soft and inviting— the cups, bowls and vases I make are asking to be held, to be touched, to be used. Each vessel shares with the viewer/user a particular type of looking: one in which the act of noticing an object transforming from one moment to the next becomes a silent, almost meditative experience.

Roberta Massuch lives and works in Philadelphia, PA— where she is a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio, studio technician and instructor at The Community College of Philadelphia. She received her BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2005 and her MFA from Louisiana State University in May 2013.