Thanks for your interest in our wares! Shoemaker Pottery began in the summer of 2012 after I quit my job and began helping my aunt and uncle, Ned and Gwen Foltz of Foltz Pottery, whom I lived next door to my entire life. In between glazing Ned’s pots I began to learn how to throw from reading books, browsing Youtube, and watching the Master Potter himself. I began doing shows, which forced me to keep practicing and challenging myself. I started Shoemaker Pottery and began working as a full time potter.
When I began making pottery, I began by making traditional PA German Redware. My aunt and uncle’s collection of Folk Art and of Southern pottery inspired me to study the shapes, textures, and colors of those traditions. I now make pieces that become a mish-mash of PA German motifs, Southern shapes, Folk Art styles, and beyond. That said, I always find myself returning to the many inspirations that I find each time I walk through my aunt and uncle’s shop.
Our pottery is lead free and food safe. You can also wash it in a dishwasher. That being said, redware pottery, as with all pottery, it must be treated with care when it comes to temperature change. Be cautious when subjecting a very cold plate to very hot temperature, or visa versa. For example, don’t take a piece of redware from the freezer and slide it immediately into a hot oven. This can cause the piece to crack or break. It doesn’t happen often, but it is something of which to be mindful.
In conclusion, my Fiancée, Megan (plate-maker and glazer extraordinaire), and I are so thankful that God has blessed us with amazing family, friends, and customers that support us in many ways! So, we hope you enjoy our pottery as much as we do!
Thank you so much for your love and support. Hope to see you soon
Sam & Megan
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