In throwing, Tom avoids use of tools, preferring to form pots solely with his hands. He feels this increases the potter-user communication in a way that use of ribs and other tools cannot. Betsy began assisting him in 1993 in the hand-finishing, firing and glazing of the pottery.
In 1994 it became obvious that a full studio was needed and we set one up on a farm just north of Hutchinson, Minnesota. The current studio is a 1500 sq. ft. facility specifically designed for production pottery. We have two 10 cu. ft., and one 7 cu. ft., electric kilns and a 60 cu ft. gas kiln. This gives us a capacity of about 100 pots per week.. Tom does all throwing, trimming and finishing. Betsy does all glazing and firing.
“Everyone’s invited to stop out to see the showroom and studio,”. (It’s OK to bring a paintbrush, if you’re so inclined. We can use all the help we can get.)