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Hiroe Hanozono


Hanazono Studios
2216 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19125

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.

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

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Sandi Pierantozzi

Neighborhood Potters
2034 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Sandi Pierantozzi is a nationally recognized potter and has been making pots for over 30 years. Her work, which is predominantly slab built, has been featured in Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times and over a dozen books on clay work. She has presented numerous workshops across the country, and has exhibited her work nationally and abroad. Her work is in both museum and private collections. She was chosen an Emerging Talent at the 1993 NCECA conference and was a featured demonstrator at NCECA in 2001. Her awards include a 2001 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Hammill & Gillespie Purchase Award at the 1999 Ceramics Monthly International Ceramics Competition. She created and organized "HANDBUILT" in 2009 & 2013,the first national conference dedicated to handbuilding, to benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)

I am inspired by the world around me. Nature, architecture, jewelry and bead design, pattern, especially fabric designs, are constant sources for me. I grew up around fabric and it continues to inspire my work. I have chosen to make functional pots because I appreciate food, celebration, and setting a beautiful table. In this “age of communication,” where most communicating is done electronically, and so much food is being eaten out of paper, plastic or Styrofoam, my hope is to have my humanity show through my pots, by bringing some creative life into eating and drinking. A handmade pot contains the soul and energy of the maker, and when used, a human connection is made. These basic connections between people keep our souls alive.
— Sandi Pierantozzi

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Neil Patterson

Neighborhood Potters
2034 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Neil Patterson has been making pots for thirty-nine years. Neil has a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Louisiana State University. He was a core student at Penland for two years and spent a year studying Ceramics at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education in Wales. He has been an artist in residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and teaches part-time at a few local colleges. Together with his wife Sandi Pierantozzi he teaches at their studio in Philadelphia.

Neil makes pots that are designed to be used and enjoyed. There is always an evidence of the soft material, clay, often bolstered by a formal or architectural structure. He knows that to have an intimate connection to the hand formed object is vital to a full life. To experience the touch of a potters hand while savoring a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup is one of life’s sublime pleasures.

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Ryan J. Greenheck

Greenheck Ceramics Studio
2019 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Ryan 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.

Over the past decade I have been building a body of work that embodied the history of pottery within the field of ceramics. Recently I have decided to focus my attention on ideologies in modern design, expressionistic and abstract painting, minimalist sculpture and architecture. I am continually questioning my perception on decoration. And the resonance of history will always be an inherent part of my creative process.
— Ryan J. Greenheck

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Michael Connelly

Bailey Street Arts Corridor
1525 N. Bailey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

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

Physical and emotional energy distinctly inform my work. I have become aware of this energy without losing what I enjoy most about making, and attempt to infuse a sense of immediacy into the details of my work. There can be much vigor to lids that fit flawlessly. To me, a flawless lid introduces a sense of completion to form.
— Michael Connelly

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Roberta Massuch

Bailey Street Arts Corridor
1525 N. Bailey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

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.

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