Choose your own route along the tour. The furthest stops are only one mile apart, so the whole tour is walkable, and there is also plenty of free street parking available. Pick up a passport at your first stop and get it stamped at each house you visit. Turn it in at your last stop, and each stamp you have will enter your name into a drawing for free pottery after the tour is over.
Each stop features the work of the host artist, plus other local or national clay artists.
5505 AVONDALE PL: JOSEPH DELPHIA
WITH SCOTT CORNISH, RYAN GREENHECK AND TALON SMITH
JOSEPH DELPHIA graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he studied art education, ceramics, and sculpture. After receiving his BFA and BS in 2007 he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he began teaching for various organizations including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the Union Project. In 2008 he joined the faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County where he is an Assistant Professor of Art. In 2017 Joseph Earned his MFA in Ceramic Art from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
Joseph lives with his wife and daughter in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood and maintains a studio in nearby Sharpsburg where he creates functional wood-fired pottery.
SCOTT CORNISH developed a keen interest in art while attending high school in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Edinboro University and went on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree at West Virginia University. Graduate school afforded Cornish the opportunity to spend a semester studying Art in China. After graduating with an MFA degree, he started teaching at the Community College of Allegheny County. Teaching quickly became a passion, as he struck a balance between helping others achieve their creative potential and the production and evolution of his own creative endeavors.
Cornish creates handmade functional ceramic work that is fired in a three-day wood-fueled kiln of his design. He fires in atmospheric wood kilns for the dynamic and varied surfaces that are produced on the surface of his works. The porcelain clay body used records the path of the flame and ash on its surface with brilliant warm tones. Vibrant reds and oranges are present where the flame roars by the work carrying alkaline materials that bond to the surface of the unglazed clay, documenting the path of the flame. Cornish utilizes the kiln firing to lay the final surface on the work and define the pots in this last step in completion.
He has exhibited his work in the US and abroad. His work has been published in multiple books and periodicals. He is professionally active in his field, producing and exhibiting artwork while helping others in their pursuit of creativity.
RYAN GREENHECK: Ryan J. Greenheck received his Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. He also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2002. He has participated in numerous national juried exhibitions and invitational shows since 2000. His work is represented in many galleries throughout the country. Ryan currently is a practicing studio potter and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
TALON SMITH: was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She began studying ceramics at CCAC in 2008 and continued her education at Carlow University. Smith is a teaching artist at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as well as a studio potter. She currently works out of a studio in Pittsburgh, PA that she shares with Three Rivers Clay Works.
6342 JACKSON ST: STEPHANIE FLOM WITH
KYLE HOUSER AND HOLLY VAN DYNE
KYLE HOUSER has been involved in fine arts and education for over twenty years including: teaching in public schools, private schools and international. He worked as an art teacher at the secondary level for nine years prior to returning to graduate school. Along with teaching, his experience includes: arts management, gallery direction and curatorial work as well as curriculum and program development for higher education, public non-profits and residency programs like the School of Art within the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.
Never losing sight of the reason he got into ceramics, Kyle continues to pursue an active and successful studio life. Kyle Houser splits his studio time between creating utilitarian pottery and object based sculptural works. Multiple firings and nontraditional surface treatments along with layered graphic imagery are a common thread in both series of works. Kyle Houser’s ceramic work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and festivals throughout the United States. He is part of private and public collections across the U.S. as well as in Norway, Australia and Croatia.
Currently, Kyle Houser works full time as the Studio Arts Program Manager for the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts as well as teaching part time with the Community College of Allegheny County.
Kyle received a B.S. in Studio Arts from Florida State University and a M.F.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
716 N. SHERIDAN AVE. APT 2: JEFF GUERRERO
GUESTS GARY GREENBURG AND BRYCE HEMMINGTON
BRYCE HEMMINGTON is a ceramic artist with over 10 years experience working in the arts. After receiving a BFA from Edinboro University and a teaching certification from Carlow he perused a MFA from Indiana University of Pa. He was a resident artist at Touchstone center for the Crafts in 2014 and exhibited his thesis exhibition in 2014. Currently he works for Manchester Craftsman’s guild as a teaching artist and creates work from his home studio in south hills of Pittsburgh.
GARY GREENBERG: Abandoned as an infant on the back steps of one of the first U-Glaze-It shops opened in Chicago IL, Christmas Eve, 1947 and subsequently raised by the owners, Gary (greeny) Greenberg is currently Ass. Prof. Art/Ceramics and former department chair at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he has been working quietly for the last quarter century on a variety of foil-fired, low-fired and wood-fired, art objects and vessels.
5511 AVONDALE PL: KEITH HERSHBERGER
GUESTS MARK ARNOLD AND SASHA BARRETT
KEITH HERSHBERGER is a potter living in Pittsburgh, PA who has been making a living working in clay for over 20 years. You can find his work in several regional and national galleries, at shows throughout the east coast and midwest, as well as at The Highland Park Pottery Tour, a neighborhood based house tour where ceramic artists invite the public into their homes and studios to view and purchase their work, which he founded with several friends in 2011. His work has been published in 500 Prints on Clay and in Graphic Clay by Jason Burnett. He graduated from Goshen College with a B.A. in Fine Art with a focus on ceramics.
MARK ARNOLD is a studio potter living and working in Elizabeth City, NC. Mark was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and began taking ceramic classes at a community college, shortly after he transferred to Edinboro University where he received his B.F.A in ceramics. In the spring of 2017 Mark received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Mark’s work is represented by multiple galleries around the country and was recently named one of Ceramics Monthly’s 2018 Emerging Artists
5800 WELLESLY AVE: JENNA VANDEN BRINK
with The Glastonbury Collective, Mary Martin and Reiko Yamamoto
JENNA VANDEN BRINK Jenna Vanden Brink grew up in Detroit, MI in a family that valued art and community. After graduating from Calvin College, she ventured to Pittsburgh, PA with a group of friends to live and work together. She
Formally established in 2016, Jenna Vanden Brink Ceramics offers handmade, functional ceramic wares. Building on her formal academic training and experience as a non-profit ceramics program manager, Jenna spent seven years refining her current line of home goods and wearables. Her style is versatile, and her ceramics feature drawings ranging from loose sketches of fruits and vegetables to detailed floral patterns. Handmade from start to finish at her Sharpsburg, PA studio, each piece in Jenna’s collection exhibits subtle whimsy in a modern way.
Crafted using a combination of hand-building and wheel throwing techniques, every piece in the Jenna Vanden Brink Ceramics collections are hand painted and carved to create pottery and wearables with integrity and charm. Jenna offers an earthenware collection and a porcelain collection of everyday pots, which include cups, bowls, plates and serving pieces. Additionally, her more recent line of porcelain jewelry offers simple, modern, and unique wearable pieces.
She lives in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her husband, baby daughter, and dog in their labor-of-love 1905 Victorian home.
MARY MARTIN is a native Pittsburgh artist and art educator. In 1993, she received Bachelor Degrees in both Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has also worked for the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, The Pittsburgh Foundation, as well as various Pittsburgh Public Schools and arts organizations regionally. She is currently a high school visual art instructor and student advisor at the Winchester-Thurston School.
Her artwork has been exhibited in art galleries and cultural institutions in Arizona, California, Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Her artwork includes ceramic, collage, printmaking, metal, and glass mediums.
Locally, she is a member of Women of Visions, Inc., a Pittsburgh based arts collective of African American women visual artists. She is also an active member of the Yan Taru Muslim Women’s Educational and Charitable organization, Muslim Women’s Association of Pittsburgh. She has also served on the Board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Pittsburgh Chapter (CAIR Pgh).
801 N. NEGLEY AVE: UNION PROJECTS CERAMICS CO-OP
WITH Molly Bee, Creative CERAMICS Collective (CCC), Carina Kooiman, Mark Vander Heide, Emmanuelle Wambach AND Janet Watkins
Union Project’s Ceramics Cooperative is a membership program providing studio space, equipment, and community for ceramic artists.
This unique program offers the opportunity for ceramic artists to grow and strengthen their creative process and skills in a supportive, communal environment. Members work in a shared studio, energize one another, share knowledge, and collaborate. While taking part in a thriving ceramics environment, members also participate in community-based programming that serves the greater Pittsburgh community.
11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday December 1 & 2
The Highland Park Pottery Tour is an intimate experience that welcomes guests right into the artist's homes. Art lovers and artists mingle in living rooms and studios, discuss ceramics techniques together, and share snacks at kitchen counters.
You’ll experience Highland Park in a whole new way as you walk from cozy stop to cozy stop, and get a chance to buy beautiful, handmade ceramics direct from the makers.
Take a break from the contemporary work to see some 2,000 year old pottery at The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, which will be open during tour hours. The museum is free, and located right along the tour route at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave.
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