I make wheel thrown pottery that is created with care, and meant to be used.
In a world that is too fast, and often too dark, my goal is to make space in the day for beauty. Using a handmade object is like having a conversation with the maker, and I like the idea that I can help create, and even share in, the small moments in the day when we allow ourselves to sit down for a moment and have a cup of coffee, or a bowl of soup. My work is mostly wood fired - a labor intensive process where the kiln is fired to 2400º over a period of several days using wood that we stoke into the kiln every 15-20 minutes around the clock. This creates a surface that is unlike any other. The fire reacts with the clay body and the slips I use to decorate the pieces, leaving marks where the flame passes. The the ash builds up and melts at those high temperatures and creates a natural glaze on the work. The fire and ash complement the stenciled and screen-printed decoration I use on my pieces - creating subtle layers of texture and color.
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 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.