I have been making stoneware pottery since 1985.  I began my studies under Paul Eshelman, an Elizabeth, Illinois potter, while attending North Central College in Naperville, IL where I received a BA in Art in 1987.

My pottery forms are influenced by the work of Robin Hopper and John Leach.  I enjoy bringing beauty to functional pottery through intricate stamping, contrasting textures with glazes, and surface relief carvings and sculpture.

Pinder Pottery & Gallery opened on Main Street in historic downtown Galena, IL in the spring of 2013.
Pinder Pottery gallery
The Pottery classes are centered around teaching basic and advanced skills of hand building and wheel throwing.  These are one on one workshop style lessons where students will receive direct teaching and guidance during the entire lesson.
Beginner and advanced Hand Building

This is a three-day course.  Price $350.00.  Learn to create a slab mug, slump mold vessel, wall pocket & more!  Advanced class projects and lessons will be skill set to the students level of learning.  Classes are limited to 4 participants and include clay, glazes, and additional studio hours as needed.
Beginner and advanced wheel throwing

This is a three-day course.  Price $350.00.  Learn the basics of wheel-thrown pottery and create unique vessels!  Advanced class projects and lessons will be skill set to the students level of learning, including the basics of sculpture.  Class is limited to 1 participant and include clay, glazes, and additional studio hours as needed.
Class agenda
1st day is a 3 hour class making pottery
2nd day is a 3 hour class continuing to make pottery.
3rd day is a 3 hour class glazing pottery.  The 3rd day is 7 days after the 2nd day class after the pottery has been bisque fired.