Prairie Creek Pottery: Functional High-Fired Stoneware


Welcome to my website.
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Most of my work is thrown on a Japanese-style kick-wheel, using a fine-textured stoneware from Continental Clay in Minneapolis. I also make slab-built plates, trays, and vases. Some pieces are decorated with carvings, prints, or slips, before being glazed.

Pieces are fired to Cone 10 (2350 °F), either in a propane kiln or in a wood-fired kiln. The high temperature gives a strong, nonporous body and a hard glaze that is resistant to scratching and leaching. Grass plate The reduction firing gives rutile blues; copper reds; and iron greens, yellows, reds, and blacks. There is no lead, chromium, cadmium, or manganese in any of the glazes.

Unless otherwise noted, pieces are microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Casseroles at room temperature may be put in a pre-heated oven.


I will be selling my work at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday mornings, 9-1, from July 16th through October 22nd (excluding September 10th, October 15th, and during thunderstorms).

On October 15th and 16th, my new studio will be open for the South Central Minnesota Studio ARTour, and I will be doing demonstrations.

From early November through December 24th, I will be selling my work at the Fine Craft Collective, which will be located in the gallery space at the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St. South, in Northfield.

You are always welcome to call and arrange to come to the house to make a purchase.
Contact me for more information.

-Barbara Zaveruha