Our wood-fired pots are inspired by the rich global tradition of folk pottery,
and grounded in the rolling hills of Southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Region.
We collaborate with each other, our hand-processed local materials, and our wood-fired kiln
in pursuit of functional pots with warmth, depth, and character.
The energy and life in our pots emerges from our interpretation on
traditional shapes, surfaces, and methods of working.
The completion of this cycle comes with sending our pots out into the world
with you for everyday use and enjoyment around the kitchen table.
A native of Washington State, Joe began making pottery in 1999 at Cornell College. He went on to make pots at Haystack School of Crafts in Maine and the Rochester Folk Art Guild in Rochester, NY before beginning a two-year apprenticeship with internationally renowned wood-fired potter Mark Hewitt in Pittsboro, NC. After his apprenticeship, Joe worked as a journeyman potter for Dover Pottery and King's Pottery in the historic pottery community of Seagrove, NC. He also worked with local materials development at STARworks Ceramics, Materials, and Research, and taught wood-firing and kiln building at Central Carolina Community College. Joe has designed numerous successful wood kilns. Since moving to Wisconsin, Joe has shared his extensive knowledge of wood firing with many ceramics students here at Windy Ridge and at nearby Bethel Horizons Art Ventures. He is also a talented finish carpenter and an avid road cyclist.
During the time they lived in Seagrove, Christy, who grew up in eastern Iowa, learned to make pots the old-fashioned way. She ran a small organic farm in the summertime and worked for a number of potteries during the wintertime, learning to handbuild through experience and experimentation. Since moving to Wisconsin in 2008, she has been experimenting with local red clay as an earthenware body. Christy is also a hairdresser at The Salonery, a private hair studio. She likes to run, read, and garden. Christy is currently taking a sabbatical from making pots to care for the newest member of the Windy Ridge Crew: Cleo Inez, who was born in July 2105.
Our family also includes our two dogs Magpie and Charley, barn cats Uncle Kudo and Rascal, and a flock of friendly chickens.