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ABOUT PEACHBLOW POTTERY
 
Established in 1986, Peachblow Pottery is looking forward to its 30th anniversary celebration in 2016!
A variety of functional and decorative forms are produced (see Gallery).  Most are thrown on the potters wheel, while some are handbuilt.
Porcelain has always been the primary clay body used, though some pieces are occasionally made in stoneware, or a porcelain/stoneware mix, to enhance certain glazes.
The pottery is conveniently located just outside of Sunbury, OH about 30 minutes north of Columbus, in eastern Delaware county.
The studio and gallery are open by chance or appointment for visits and special gift selections.
Not to be missed are the big Open Houses held twice a year, the first weekend of May, and the weekend before Thanksgiving.
To be placed on the mailing list for open house announcements, contact Gail via email, at gail@peachblowpottery.com, or phone, 740-548-7224.
 
   
I have worked in porcelain for most of the 40 years I have studied and made pots. I chose porcelain for many reasons; its history, its durability, the light reflective nature of a white body, and even for its sound. My interest in clay, in art, began early. However, I only first observed someone throwing on the potters wheel when I was a senior in high school – it was Les Miley, from the University of Evansville. I was immediately captivated by the process of throwing, and went on to earn my BFA in ceramics under the guidance of Mr. Miley. College summers were spent learning about salt glazing, and more about kiln building and firing in New Harmony, IN, at U of E’s summer ceramics workshops. My junior year was spent at Harlaxton College, the U of E’s extension campus in England. While there, I was able to visit the studios of many prominent British potters, the Wedgewood pottery factory, as well as many major museums in England, Scotland and Ireland. Two months of travel throughout Western Europe, between semesters, provided the opportunity to see first-hand hundreds of ancient and modern pots and other arts in countless museums in many countries, including Greece. Finally deciding on exactly what field to major in was difficult, with my interests being strong in art, geology, and biology – I feel I combined them all with a focus on ceramics. Following undergraduate school, I was studio assistant to potter Richard Studley, in Hingham, MA, near Boston. It was a chance to observe and absorb much about the realities of making pots for a living. Graduate school at the University of Illinois followed, under the direction of Don Frith and Don Pilcher - two of the best. Following graduate school, two trips to the Yucatan Peninsula to do construction work in Mayan Indian villages also provided the opportunity to visit several major Mayan ruin sites, and local potteries. Travel to Japan in 2002 was a major career highlight, visiting many museums, potters, temples and shrines of a country of major influence on me and my work.

Gail was honored to be one of the workshop presenters for the inaugural Zanesville Prize Conference in Oct. of 2014.  The highlight of this new event is an international exhibition of contemporary ceramic art, with a top prize of $20,000.  The 2015 conference/exhibit will be held at the Zanesville Museum of Art, Sept. 25-26.  For more information about the 2015 workshop, and exhibition entry information, go to zanesvilleprize.org.
To view the segment featuring the 2014 Zanesville Prize from WOSU's "Broad & High" television series highlighting local artists and events, go to http://wosu.org/2012/broadandhigh/zanesville-prize-contemporary-ceramics/.


1981 M.F.A., University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois,
1976 B.F.A., University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana
2006-07: Assistant professor of ceramics, Ohio Weslyan University, Delaware, OH December
2002: Traveled to Mashiko, Seto, Shigaraki, and Kyoto, Japan
1986 – Present: Full time artist potter, Peachblow Pottery, Lewis Center, Ohio
1990-1997: Instructor of ceramics, Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, Delaware, Ohio
1981-1985: Full time artist potter, Terre Haute, Indiana
Jan. 1984 and Jan. 1985: Worked in Mayan Indian villages on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Visited the pottery center of Ticul, and major Mayan ruin sites.
1982: One of eleven ceramists selected by the Capital Development Board of the State of Illinois to have work on permanent display in the new Law School at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois (Percent For Arts Program)
Summer 1981: Instructor of ceramics, University of Evansville Summer Ceramics Workshop (emphasis on salt glazing), New Harmony, Indiana Spring 1981: Commission: Ceramic wall plaque, installed in the Roofless Church, New Harmony, Indiana
August 1976 to May 1978: Studio assistant to potter Richard Studley, Boston, Massachusetts
1976: Instructor of drawing for the Institute for the Fine and Performing Arts, University of Evansville, Indiana
1975 and 1976: Undergraduate workshop assistant, University of Evansville Summer Ceramics Workshop, New Harmony, Indiana 1974-1975: Independent study of British potters, while at Harlaxton Study Center, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
December 1974 – January 1975: Extensive travel throughout Western Europe
1974: Commission: 1000 sq. ft. of ceramic floor tile for the Barn Abbey, New Harmony, Indiana

I have participated in approximately 125 exhibitions, taught numerous workshops, and executed many commissions.

 Included in the following books: The Vase and Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of the Contemporary Vessel, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, 2010The Teapot Book by Steve Woodhead, 2005 Making Marks by Robin Hopper, 2004 21st Century Ceramics by Bill Hunt, 2003 Ash Glazes (second edition) by Phil Rogers, 2003 Contemporary Studio Porcelain by Peter Lane, 2003 The Ceramic Surface by Mathias Osterman, 2002 Contemporary Porcelain by Peter Lane, 1995 The Complete Potter: Sawdust Firing by Karin Hessenberg, 1994 Ash Glazes by Phil Rogers, 1992 Ceramics – Art & Perception, Issue 9, 1992 Introduction to Ceramics by Graham Flight, 1991 Ceramic Form by Peter Lane, 1988
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