2017 Annual Fall Sale will be held on October 6, 7, 8.
Friday noon-6, Saturday and Sunday 10-5
Join us at our home in beautiful rural Minnesota for our annual Fall Sale. We will have a wide array of pottery by five potters for purchase. Fill your new mug with beer or coffee and your new plate with sweet and savory snacks. Then have a seat by the fire for lively conversation. If you would like a tour of the studio Matt is always available. We hope your Summer is going well and can't wait to see you in October!
Directions to Fall Sale
2785 Stark Road Harris, MN 55032
Take Interstate 35 North to exit 152
(Harris Exit, Co. Rd. 10).
Go west (left) 3.25 miles
(about 1/4 mile past Fish Lake)
and look for sale signs.
The driveway is on the left (south side)
If you get to the town of Stark
you went 1/4 mile too far.
The preservation of a disappearing landscape through imagery on functional pottery is the reason I create. Inspired conceptually by the regionalist painters of the early 20th century who sought to document the rural landscapes of America, I see myself as a modern day Regionalist working with clay. I make pottery decorated with the landscapes, flora, and fauna of Minnesota. This region is being vastly altered by commercial development and urban sprawl, forever changing its natural character. My hope is that the daily use of my pots will be a gentle reminder to the public of the vanishing natural world around us.
The pots are created from stoneware and often altered in the wet stage, then fired in a soda kiln. This firing process not only creates a very durable object, it imbues the work with great variation and depth, creating a natural and mysterious surface of a warm and earthy palette. The imagery is created from a combination of slips, stains and glazes. I primarily use ash glazes, because the main ingredient comes from the landscape I am drawing inspiration.
For over 40 years, I have essentially been a potter for the sheer, simple joy of making things with my own hands, struggling to bring ideas fully into form, watching the studio fill up with fresh pots. Each working cycle I try to renew that passion, found when I first touched clay.
I look to subtlety and nuance as the foundation for my aesthetic. The essence that I seek in this aesthetic is a stripped, almost brutal, rawness. I want my pots to engage people where they live, and to play a part in their savoring of life. It is important to me that my pots end up somewhere people are cooking and eating and sharing.
These are simple pots, with quiet but robust surfaces, made in a scale meant to convey generosity.
I am continually amazed by the sweetness of this life.
I try to make pots that are comfortable and interesting.
I want the making of each pot to take its own direction but still relate to the ones that were made before and after it. I think this happens more as a result of enthusiasm and intuition than calculated design. I know what a pot’s shape, size, and intended use will be, but once the making process begins there are many subconscious, quickly made decisions that create possibilities for direction. It’s not a thought out process but more of a gut reaction.
My pots are created using a slab roller and a potter’s wheel. They are layered with a range of simple glazes that provide durable water –tight and food safe surface.
They are all functional and intended to be used on a daily basis.
Adam Gruetzmacher is a studio potter working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2010 he graduated with a bachelors degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin to pursue a career as a potter. He makes functional tableware using traditional wheel throwing and hand building techniques. Working in such a way allows for subtle variations to occur naturally over the arc of a making cycle; enabling him to consider each piece individually. With great respect for craftsmanship, Adam is interested in exploring the intersection of historical hand-making traditions and the aesthetic of mass production. He takes pride in making every-day objects that work well and are crafted with care and consideration.