I am continually intrigued by the wonderful material of clay.  It exists in dualities of soft and hard, smooth and rough, resilient yet fragile.  Exploring classical forms with modern surfaces is at the center of my work.


My most recent work has been focused on traditional western tooling and carving.  I am not interested in making ground-breaking work that begs for attention.  Instead, I am concerned with making a fine hand-crafted object that has spent hours of loving attention in my hands.  Much of my work contains materials dug locally in the Loess Hills of Southwest Iowa where Louis and Clark held council with the Natives.  These pieces contain a permanent connection with the legacy of our local history.


The pieces on display are made with high fired stoneware clay and glazed in non-toxic glazes.  All pieces are functional and microwave safe.  Though they are dishwasher safe, the love and attention that went into their creation begs for the care of hand washing.


I hope you enjoy using these vessels as much as I have loved making them.



Kent State University 2000-2002

Northwest Missouri State University 1995-2000


My work has been published internationally in multiple publications:

Ceramics Monthly

Pottery Making Illustrated

Ceramics: Art and Perception

Glazing Techniques

100 Woodfired Potters


1712 Rolling Hills Loop   Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503






CLAy Cunningham