Welcome

From within our modern context of mass-produced ceramics,  we strive to make thoughtful and beautiful pots which can cast light on our relationship with daily articles of domestic life. We hope to help attune people's awareness to the subtle ways in which a pot can enrich our everyday experiences, bringing thoughtfulness and human connection into our lives as a whole. 

Meredith Nichols & Harry Kunhardt

The potters behind 28a Clay

Our work

Wild Clay

We dig our clay at a nearby property in West Hurley, NY. After getting the raw material, we slake it down and push it through a screen in order to remove any large debris. Once we have a nice thick slurry, we add small amounts of other refractory clays to make sure it can withstand high firing temperatures. 

Throwing

Each piece starts as a ball of clay and is thrown on the potter's wheel at our home studio in West Shokan, NY. We usually work in a series of six to twelve at a time for each idea or form.

Glazing & Firing

We use ash glazes exclusively, which means that all of our glazes contain wood ashes that are collected from our wood stove during the long winter months in the mountains. We also experiment with local clay slips and stone dusts. None of the materials we use in the process are toxic, and our glaze recipes are kept simple, using only 3 or 4 ingredients. We fire the pots in a small salt kiln at our home, and participate in woodfirings throughout the Hudson Valley

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4095 Route 28A
West Shokan, NY

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