The functional stoneware pieces are all food and dishwasher safe. Functional stoneware is beautiful, long-lasting and makes a wonderful special gift for yourself or a friend. All pieces are fired to a mid-range to the highest firing temperatures. Various firing techniques are used for the sculptural work, but they are usually high- fired in salt or wood soda environments, or gas reduction fired.
Artisan Emily S. Coleman has signed all the individually hand-thrown pieces. She has been making art professionally since 1972, having ventured into stoneware more recently. A graduate of the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, Ms. Coleman began studying pottery with raku potter Bob Green at the Shelburne Craft School in Shelburne, VT. She also worked in the pottery studio of Judith Bryant of Lincoln Potters in Lincoln, VT, and apprenticed with teacher Mary Jane Neal of the Mt. Mansfield Union High School Art Department in Jericho, VT. Ms. Coleman holds an MEd. from the University of Vermont. After moving to Montana, she studied as a community class student at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, from 2004-2006. During that period she studied with resident artists Curtis Stewardson, Albion Stafford, Gerrit Grimm, Deborah Schwartzkopf , Trey Hill, and participated in a kiln-building workshop with Ben Krupka. Most recently she has attended ceramics classes at Montana State University with Asst Profs. Josh DeWeese and Elizabeth Sparks, from 2007-2011, and has shown in group and solo shows at the University. In addition to selling her work at farmers markets in Monatana, and at selected shows in the northwest, she teaches adult and student pottery classes at her studio in Emigrant, MT, RainbowsLanding Studios.