Evan first became interested in pottery during his senior year of studying art at Syracuse University, taking two semesters of wheel throwing on a whim. After graduating with a B.F.A from Syracuse he did an apprenticeship at Simon Pearce in Quechee and Windsor, Vermont. In 2002 he left Simon Pearce to work with well known potter Miranda Thomas in Bridgewater, Vermont. Grace and Evan met at the pottery when Grace came to do a summer internship after graduating from Earlham College where she studied pottery under former Warren MacKenzie apprentice Mike Theideman. After her internship Grace’s love of traditional woodfired pottery led her to an apprentice with Todd Piker at Cornwall Bridge Pottery in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. In 2008 Grace and Evan were married and purchased a lovely, if dilapidated, 160 year old farm house in Bethel, Vermont. Several years of renovations on the house, modification of the barn into a studio, and construction of a 150 cubic foot wood fired cross draft kiln followed. Grace and Evan work collaboratively, both throwing pots which are then glazed and decorated by Evan and loaded into the kiln by Grace.
“Our pots are very traditional but in a very modern way. We both learned our craft by apprenticing with students of Michael Cardew, the first apprentice of Bernard Leach, the founder of the modern studio pottery movement. As a result our pots reflect the aesthetic ideals and traditional forms passed on to us by our teachers. But our tradition is a modern one and not limiting or rigid. Instead it is flexible in its nature allowing each new generation to find creativity and evolution of forms, decoration, and practices. Firing with wood is a part of that tradition. We love the uniqueness imparted to each pot by the ash and colorful flashing inherent to woodfiring.”