cambridgepottery

Cambridge Wood-fired Pottery

Cambridge, Wisconsin

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Announcement    Let me begin with a favorite quote of mine from '"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert R. Persig

"So the thing to do when working on a motorcycle, as in any other task, is to cultivate the peace of mind which does not separate one's self from one's surroundings. When that is done successfully then everything else follows naturally. Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all."

Entering the home of any potter (or of those who collect pots), you will inevitably find shelves and cabinets filled with objects that document a potter's journey. Each bowl, jar or mug, reflects a level of values, thoughts and actions that are captured in clay and locked in time by fire. Good pots don't happen naturally nor easily. They are a reflection of a potter's life-long devotion to a path in clay.

My journey began in 1978 while attending Saint Johns University in central Minnesota. I was originally interested in painting but after taking a ceramics class, drawn to clay. It simply felt right. In 1981, I had a opportunity to travel to central France and worked in the historic pottery village of La Borne. It was there I had my first experience firing wood-burning kilns. I was immediately seduced by the process and results from these kilns. Returning home in 1983, I sought an apprenticeship with Todd Piker at the, Cornwall Bridge Pottery and in 1988, moved to Wisconsin where I established the foundation for my first kiln.

I thank you for taking the time to visit my shop.

Kindly,

Mark Skudlarek, Potter

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Last updated on Nov 18, 2015

Let me begin with a favorite quote of mine from '"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert R. Persig

"So the thing to do when working on a motorcycle, as in any other task, is to cultivate the peace of mind which does not separate one's self from one's surroundings. When that is done successfully then everything else follows naturally. Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all."

Entering the home of any potter (or of those who collect pots), you will inevitably find shelves and cabinets filled with objects that document a potter's journey. Each bowl, jar or mug, reflects a level of values, thoughts and actions that are captured in clay and locked in time by fire. Good pots don't happen naturally nor easily. They are a reflection of a potter's life-long devotion to a path in clay.

My journey began in 1978 while attending Saint Johns University in central Minnesota. I was originally interested in painting but after taking a ceramics class, drawn to clay. It simply felt right. In 1981, I had a opportunity to travel to central France and worked in the historic pottery village of La Borne. It was there I had my first experience firing wood-burning kilns. I was immediately seduced by the process and results from these kilns. Returning home in 1983, I sought an apprenticeship with Todd Piker at the, Cornwall Bridge Pottery and in 1988, moved to Wisconsin where I established the foundation for my first kiln.

I thank you for taking the time to visit my shop.

Kindly,

Mark Skudlarek, Potter

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  • jennamandato on Aug 30, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely beautiful. The chicken brick came very carefully wrapped and very well packaged. The item itself was so lovely! The quality of the item is amazing. It was also super lovely to learn a little bit more about the artist from the information he included. This was a gift for my father and he immediately wants to travel to see this artist’s studio, due to how impressed he was. Amazing!!

  • Susan on Aug 4, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Thank you for your amazing work, Mark.

  • Rebecca on Jul 27, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly want I wanted. I especially like the handle on top.

  • CoveredBridgeStudio on Jul 10, 2021

    4 out of 5 stars

    I love my chicken pot!

  • rstockwood on Jun 29, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent item. Arrived well packed and in perfect shape!

  • Janice May on Jun 3, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    I baked a chicken with white wine, chicken stock, carrots, celery, onion and Italian herbs. Best chicken I’ve ever eaten. Looked for recipes on the website but couldn’t find any which would be helpful. We try a pork loin next!

  • sara on Jun 2, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Nice quality - looking forward to experimenting cooking different things with it.

  • Barbara on May 27, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Saw this on RecipeITV...it's a European show. I cannot wait to use it...tomorrow.
    It's also a Beautiful piece. If you love cooking, Get One.

  • Joan on Apr 20, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful cereal bowl that draws the eye deep into the colors in the glaze. It's a lovely piece adding a pop of color to where it will sit holding fruit or yarn. You can tell it was crafted by the hands of a talented potter and fired with wood. Beautiful!

  • Joan on Apr 20, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Thanks for the quick shipping and beautifully crafted cereal bowl! It is the color of the sun and feels so good in hand, I know it was made with love by a talented potter and fired slowly with wood.

About cambridgepottery

Sales 349
On Etsy since 2008

Shop policies

Last updated on April 20, 2018
I have been producing functional wood-fried stoneware for over 30 years. My way of working stresses that I am involved with every step of the process from mixing clay to selling the finished piece from my showroom directly to my customers Etsy is my attempt to make that showroom a little more accessible to new and old customers alike. If you see something you like in my shop and would like to order more than one, it is possible that I have more pots of that series in my showroom. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested in sets.
For more information, please visit my website, cambrdgepottery.com.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
My hope is that you will be 100% satisfied with your purchase. However, if you are not happy with the work after it arrives, please notify me as to why. At that point, please send it back to me, insured, and I will refund the purchase price minus shipping.
Payment
Cambridge Wood-fired Pottery accepts PayPal, personal checks, and Money Orders however PayPal is the preferred method for transactions which will expedite shipping.
Payment or contact is required within three days of purchase.
Wisconsin residents add 5.5% Sales Tax
Shipping
I ship UPS ground unless otherwise specified by customer. Shipment within three(business) days of payment, cleared e check, personal checks or money orders.

I double box and use recycled shipping materials so if you have allergy issues please contact me before shipment. Insurance is included.

Contact me if your item arrives broken. You will need to take it and all of the original packaging to UPS to file a claim. I will notify you with a tracking number when the item ships.

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS please convo me for adjusted shipping rate to your country. Customs fees vary by country, buyer is responsible for those fees.