Teresa Schumaker PotteryFunctional Stoneware Pottery
676 West Fifth Street
Winona, Minnesota 55987
I love the feel and smell and plasticity of clay. I am enamored with form, texture and color. My first ten years of experimenting with pottery, were full discovery. I enjoyed getting to know fellow potters who shared their love of clay, glazes and building and firing kilns. I was fortunate to work with Peggy Steffes in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, firing with wood. I continued working with fellow potters, Hal Matthews and Tom Schultz in an enterprise called The Warehouse, an Artists’ Co-op and Gallery in Missoula, Montana. I went on to begin my own studio, Mill Creek Pottery in the Bitterroot Valley. Both of those ventures involved building and experimenting with gas kilns.
For the past seven years I have been exploring stoneware clay and glazes fired in an electric kiln. At first I strove to replicate the effects of reduction in wood and gas firings. Now I have come to embrace the beauty of an oxidized atmosphere and the range of color on both brown and white stoneware clay.