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 (2250 °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.

In 2021, I will be selling my work at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday mornings, 9-1, from July 14th through September 25th (excluding July 31st, August 21st, September 11th, and during thunderstorms).

On August 21st and 22nd, I will be part of the Cannon River Clay Tour. You will find me at Larchill Farm, 31679 Highway 3, Northfield, Saturday and Sunday 10-5.

On October 9th and 10th, my 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