About Us

You can see how we make pottery on this page.

If you’ve recently bought some pottery, please review how to take care of it here.

Basically, Robert does the throwing and Emily does the glazing.

This is fairly typical I think from what I can tell about other potter pairs, but it works particularly well for us.  Robert has been throwing since he was six years old when he saw a pottery wheel sitting, unused, in a corner of his New Jersey art class.  He didn’t know what it did and hadn’t seen it used, but knew immediately that it looked interesting and wanted to play with it.  This is a fairly typical response for Robert when something looks interesting, even today. Almost thirty years later, Robert has matured into an accomplished potter.  He has been studying pottery since the age of ten.  His teachers include Stephen Murfitt (author: The Glaze Book) who taught him the fundamentals of throwing and glazing and Martin Homer who has been an invaluable resource and inspiration.  Robert took a break from pottery in his early twenties to complete university and doctoral degrees in chemistry and molecular biology.

Emily was inspired to begin painting in oils at the age of eight by her maternal grandmother.  Throughout high school and college she studied various media, but has always remained focused on oil painting.  Like Robert, Emily took a break from art to complete a doctorate in immunology and microbiology.  Robert encouraged her to begin painting again as she encouraged him to pursue pottery as a career.  Soon thereafter, their creativity merged into Promethean Pottery.

Our process begins with Robert throwing white stoneware clay on the potter’s wheel.  Currently, he uses Phoenix clay but has also worked with Tom Sawyer and Moon White.  His personal aesthetic dictates the creation of forms which are well balanced as well as functional.  His style continuously evolves with experimentation, but the acceptance of finished pieces is always contingent upon functionality.

So, Robert throws and trims and forms.  The pots dry and get put through a low temperature bisque firing.  Bisque-ware is sanded, signed, waxed, washed, and dried again.  Then Emily gets to glaze it.  After glazing, each piece is fired to cone 10 (~2300oF) in an electric kiln.  We use an oxidizing atmosphere.  The resulting stoneware is dishwasher and microwave safe, unless otherwise specified.  All of our glazes are lead-free.  In between is all the testing – new shapes and styles, new types of pieces, new techniques, new glazes, always new glazes.

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8 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. martin homer said:

    Great website rob & emily. happy christmas both and we wish you a healthy, productive and prosperous new year. Your mom just phoned to tell us to say that you are potters now im sure that together you will make a great sucsess combining art craft and science regards martin tina

    • Thanks Martin!!! Rob wouldn’t be as good as he is without your excellent teaching. 🙂 And I’ve always said you can’t fix an ugly pot with a good glaze, HA! So, it wouldn’t matter how good the chemistry was without a solid foundation. Thanks so much for checking in on us. We hope to see you again soon. Happy Christmas and New Year!

  2. Hi Emily & Robert from your Melbourne Art Show neighbor. Love your website and knowing more about you. Emily, you didn’t tell me you painted (now I value your opinion more than ever!!) It was fun meeting you two and I hope we get to see each other again. Look at the Space Coast Art Festival website and try it. It’s a great show, a tick up from Melbourne, I think. I’m going for it, altho I doubt I’ll make it…but who knows! I’m rested up now and more optimistic! Check me out on Face Book and we’ll talk!

  3. I am a relatively new potter and just loved your website. I see that you do cone 10 firings but it sounds as though you use oxidation. Is that correct? Also, what type of clay do you use? It looks like white clay. I have been using cone 10 reduction and getting some good results. I recently bought a kiln and have been doing some work at cone 5/6. B-mix is my clay of choice so I have not been getting the depth that I wanted. I would love to be able to just electric fire as getting access to the gas kilns is more expensive for me. Are there any tips you would have for me? I love the glaze effect you get. Also, my kiln is rated for cone 10 but I have not yet fired that high. I do have 3 inch brick. If you are firing electric, did you get anything special in/on your kiln to handle consistent cone 10 firings? Last question, do you ever share any of the recipes? I totally appreciate the amount of work it takes to do all the testing and you must be quite proud of the results. Cheers, MJ

  4. Storme Arden said:

    Hi Emily,
    I was searching rust glazes today. Looking for something warm to add to my glazes. I had a look at google images and found your persimmon and ohata kaki. It sttod out among the pics I looked at. Very striking. Love the persimmon with the mottled surface. In some images it looks brick red and in others ( like Rob’s lidded jar) it looks more tomato red. Is this a recipe you are willing to share? I am looking for something food safe and fairly inexpensive to produce. I figure iron is the way to go.
    Thanks for all the info.

    Dorain ( Canadian potter in rural New Brunswick)

  5. Storme Arden said:

    I suppose this glaze might be hard to reproduce with cone 6, but I am willing to give it a shot.

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