Meet the personalities and creative processes of the talented ceramicists behind the art exhibited for sale at White Mountain Pottery. 

 

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575.257.3644 

 

The handmade ceramic dinnerware that started it all.

 

Tim Wierville founded White Mountain Pottery in 1975 and has been the stalwart artist and signature brand behind the store for more than four decades. During that time he has literally turned tons and tons of clay into beautiful and useful vessels. He was first exposed to pottery while in college in Ohio and eventually became apprenticed to master potter Frank Willet in Santa Fe, NM. He drew his inspiration for his pieces from the landscapes in Santa Fe. He makes a daytime scene which he calls Misty Mountain and a nighttime scene named Starry Night. 

 

 

Porcelain to use and enjoy every day.

 

Bill Campbell has been a potter for over 30 years. Across the country, his porcelain is admired for its spectacular color and elegant, crisp forms with each piece maintaining some of the energy of its creator. The glazes dance with surprising vibrancy in unexpected patterns. Functional pots become little moments of celebration within the day to day routine.

 

 

A new take on historic techniques

 

Arizona native Roger Calhoun was first introduced to ceramics in high school and has been making pottery ever since. He sharpened his skills working in production pottery houses throughout the southwest and New York. In 1990 Roger returned to Arizona and started his own business specializing in hand thrown stoneware, raku and horse hair pottery. Roger has always loved raku and horse hair because the potter is involved in the firing of every piece. “I call raku a fire dance because the artist has to be on top of all the elements involved- fire, correct temperature and proper reduction. I don't know what the finished piece will look like until I open the reduction chamber and see.” Rogers' horse hair work is known for its striking glaze and metallic oxide combinations. Roger currently lives and has his studio in Mesa, Arizona.

 

 
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Colorful raku vessels with striking style.

 

Inspired by the beauty in nature, from the hummingbirds that visit his backyard to the dragonflies that zoom about near the lake, Jeremy loves to combine the brilliant colors of raku with items found in nature, such as turquoise, feathers, fallen branches and crystals. Each piece is hand formed and fired in an outdoor kiln to over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit then placed in a pit with dried brush and mesquite shavings that burst into flame. The varying conditions of the raku process assure that each piece is "one of a kind."

 

 
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Artistic and functional stoneware with a signature look.

 

Gary opened his first store in Canada when he was 18 years young. After many years of supplying stores, restaurants and galleries, he opened his own studio in Santa Barbara, CA. From there he moved to Arizona where he taught pottery at the local college. He maintains a home and studio in the Arizona mountains. After 40 years his work continues to be artistic and functional.

 

 
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Creative expressions of craftmanship, materials, and form.

 

Christopher Heede loves to work surrounded by nature which is what nurtures and inspires his work. In creating ceramics, or in life itself, the dichotomy of simplicity and complexity constantly inspires and challenges. His work embraces and embodies this theme. From the raku process, to a woodfire technique, to sculpture, to architectural pieces, he strives to maintain integrity in his work and make it a beautiful and timeless expression of his life and his vision.

 

 
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Evocative of ancient pottery.

Hand-built saggar-fired ceramics evocative of ancient pottery unearthed in an archeological dig characterize the work of Santa Fe artist, Luisa Baldinger. Luisa's vessels are sculptural explorations of shape, function, and texture. Growing up in Santa Fe, Luisa always had intentions of living a bohemian life. After college, she traveled to Peru with the Peace Corps and was introduced to pottery in the altiplano village of Pucará between Cuzco and Puno. From there, she returned to the states and began a lifelong career in ceramics. 

 
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Functional and artistic for home and kitchen.

 

Ken Merrick's unique pottery is widely known and collected by art lovers throughout the southwest. Each piece is a beautifully handcrafted example of functional and utilitarian art and is uniquely colored and individually signed by the artist. Ken works from Truth or Consequences, NM.

 

 
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Hand-molded shapes that could never be created on a potter's wheel. 

 

Jacqueline was born in Cottonwood, Arizona and raised among the red rock mountains of Sedona. Her love of the surrounding countryside and its peoples is a constant influence in her work. Jacque’s sculptures largely depict the native peoples and animal life of the Southwest. Her knowledge of art has come through a special apprenticeship with her clay. All of her work is hand-molded, not built with a potter's wheel, yielding pieces that are sought after by those who appreciate the individuality of organic shapes and sizes. 

 

 

 
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Aria Finch, a ceramic artist and arts educator in Roswell, NM, is animated, technical, creative, and very talented. We primarily feature her ceramic wall crosses and sometimes her clay sculptures.

 

 
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Delicate as a flower.

Evan and Kyanne Livingston are a husband and wife team that collaborate in the creation of pottery. Together they have over 5 years of professional fine art instruction and have served an apprenticeship under master potter, Steven Scagnelli, of Sedona, AZ.

They view clay as a three dimensional canvas for artistic expression. The layering of multiple glazes and metallic oxides creates many variable and spontaneous color effects. Each piece is unique, with brilliant or subtle color intensity. Their foundation in fine arts enables them to approach pottery with an artistic perspective where balance, focal point, proportion, rhythm, and unity are the principle influences in their work.

 
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Souvenir mugs made especially for our customers.

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A second generation family business established in 1972 by Peter and Mary Deneen in Saint Paul, MN, Deneen Pottery creates custom hand-thrown mugs specifically for our gallery with a crisp detailed White Mountain Pottery emblem. Each piece is individually created by hand so that no two are exactly alike. Kiln fired to 2150ºF, the mugs are durable and safe for the microwave, dishwasher, oven and freezer. All Deneen stoneware is lead free & food safe and proudly stamped with the family name on the bottom.