Here are a few recent things I’ve been working on. You can purchase my pottery at a store near you, through my online store, or stop by my booth at a show near you. For more unique, one-of-a-kind work, the latest and greatest, and for information on occasional special offers, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.
I accept custom/commemorative orders.
Custom House Plates: send me an image of your house and I’ll commemorate it in blue and white on an 11″ plate!
Dinnerware sets: upgrade your dinnerware to hand-painted delftware.
Wedding or Commemorative: Redware or blue and white. A traditional gift.
Historical reproduction: for educational or research programs.
Contact me for details.
Care and Use
- Food Safe
- Oven proof
- Can chip easily
- Coasters recommended.
Stephen Earp Pottery accepts wholesale accounts. Contact me for wholesale price lists. Please include your company or store tax resale ID number.
A Note on Interpretation.
The challenge – and fun – of making historically inspired pottery is learning the vocabulary and history of a particular pottery style, and then accepting these as guidelines for exploring and expanding that style. The pots I make incorporate several degrees of interpretation, from reproductions of certain stylistic methods, to individualized work inspired by those artifacts and styles. I am also occasionally commissioned to make replicas of specific items.
Making historically inspired ceramics is not just about the forms alone. It’s about the history of artistic expression on a communal level, and what that story has to offer us today. This work asks us to consider not just the past but how we understand our relationship to the past. For example, I appreciate the early redware potters’ approach to their tools and materials. They generally made do with what they had near at hand, rather than doing whatever it took to get what they wanted. That pragmatism takes on a profound sense today, as we address our own footprint on the planet.
One could reasonably assert that because today’s artists have such ease of access to the world’s entire cultural heritage for use as inspiration, we have a degree of responsibility – lest we become guilty of blatant appropriation. When I present my work to the public in conjunction with living history museums, traditional arts fairs, historic home tours, and similar venues, it must first pass the scrutiny of curators, historians, and academics. In my work, I strive to preserve, expand, and encourage recognition of this fascinating early arts heritage.