Wood Fired Ceramics

Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania

Announcement    This is a mix of work from different firings over the past couple of years. The use of unrefined clays and the unpredictability of the wood kiln produces one of a kind pieces...


Last updated on Dec 29, 2015

This is a mix of work from different firings over the past couple of years. The use of unrefined clays and the unpredictability of the wood kiln produces one of a kind pieces...


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Brian Croney

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It was all started by holding a Japanese tea bowl that was a few centuries old...

When my brother returned from Japan, he brought with him a wood fired ancient tea bowl. I vividly recall the experience of holding this bowl in my hands for the first time. It was like holding the hands of the potter. The textures and depth of surface were endless and highly inspiring. From that point on, I wanted to create objects for use in daily life that would invoke a similar experience of inspiration and comfort that I had been exposed to.

Growing up I used mass-produced disposable items, which have little or no character. All I have wanted since drinking tea out of that ancient bowl is to work on achieving this same depth of character in something created by my own hands. With the idea of this experience in mind, nothing solidified my passion as much as working with clay that was so responsive to my touch. I am a mechanically inclined person, who always has a desire to understand how things work. The process involved from start to finish drives my passion, and keeps me questioning life as a process.

The realization of keeping the spirit of an ancient method alive has led me to the addiction of wood firing. Wood firing is a very laborious process defined by experience and not scientific hypothesis and proofs. It has become something that I cannot imagine living without. I am intrigued with this ancient tradition, not in a romanticizing sense, but in a way that cultural heritage needs to be preserved and kept alive. Every time I load my hand made pots into my custom built kiln, I must be conscious of the way the flame will touch them. During this loading process, I meticulously prepare and plan for the multiple day journey of the firing process ahead, and await the results that take me back to that ancient Japanese tea bowl.

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    I have been working in clay for roughly 18 years... After completing a BFA at Penn State University and 2.5 years in an apprenticeship with Jeff Shapiro, I decided to set up my kiln and studio in PA...

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Last updated on July 5, 2014
Thank you for visiting my shop. Wood firing gives an individuality to each piece. The variation in the surface texture and color produced by the firing creates something new to realize every time the piece is used. As a potter and individual I am intrigued by creating things by hand and also understanding all of the aspects of fire interacting with the objects I create. The combination of these two things creates a yearning to create both a visually appealing piece and one that is satisfying to use. I hope you enjoy...

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I hope you love your piece, if for some reason you don't please notify me and we can figure it out... I double box every piece for shipping but if for some reason your piece arrives damaged please notify me as soon as you receive it so that we can resolve it and also so I can inform USPS...
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Shipping within the U.S. is covered(either USPS or UPS). I ship packages as soon as the item is paid for and the only reason for a delay would be if I am out of town. On the event that I'm out of town I will notify you as soon as I see your purchase register...