Pottery Artists

Barb Bourscheidt, Nature's Lover Clayworks

Nature's Lover kitchen pottery is non-toxic, microwave safe, and oven proof.  My unique garden pottery consisting of bird feeders, birdbaths, and garden pots is beautiful and functional.  

Alyse Yeaman, Art Teacher at Gig Harbor High School

After studying mixed media art at Western Washington University, becoming an artist and enjoying my work was a dream.  While at WWU I pursued my Master's In Education and am an art teacher in the lovely Pacific Northwest.  I am inspired daily by my high school students and my three beautiful boys. 

Ann Danis Pottery

Ann demonstrates on her pottery wheel every week at the Saturday market. 

Becky Horkan

Becky’s pottery celebrates the rich hues of  the sea and sky.  All of her plates, cups and bowls are finished with food safe glazes.  You can see her work  displayed at the Ebb Tide Gallery in downtown Gig Harbor.




Christine Buchanan and students at Peninsula High School

Since 1993, Christine has been teaching Glass, Ceramics, Sculpture, Drawing and Painting at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, Washington. Christine donates selected pieces to charities such as the Altrusa Gig Harbor’s Empty Bowls event and the Gig Harbor History Museum, Washington Water Trails Association, and the Community Inclusion Program.


Dan Stromstad, Turned Wood Wonders

Dan is a mentor at his home and at the South Puget Sound Woodturners Club where he was President for three years.  He has demonstrated at clubs in the Pacific Northwest as well as at the State Fair.  Many of Dan’s creations are on display and for sale at Harbor Optical, which has been in business for over 30 years in Gig Harbor.


“It is very exciting to see what God provides as you develop the beauty of wood.  Some wood looks awful until you unearth the true beauty inside.”


Dan Barnett Pottery

As a ceramic artist I have navigated the space between art and craft by creating both pottery and sculptures. I find these dual activities complement each other, fueling further investigations in each endeavor.


James L Aichlmayr, DMD,PS

 " Creativity and art go hand in hand. Helping make pots with other potters was a real joy. A truly wonderful event.  



Jana Fisher

My pit fired ceramics truly show the spontaneity and natural magic put forth by the fire with surprising, and sometimes unexpected, results. The carving I lay on the surface of my vessels have a flow to them which might reflect the flow of the many rivers and streams I have followed.



Erin Reetz - Clay Baby Studio

I am still honing my craft at throwing and hand-building functional pottery, bowls being my favorite.  I now work from my garage studio on Fox Island and in this New Year hold an intention of bringing Clay Baby Studio into the world through online sales, public markets, etc.  Come join me on this new adventure, and thank you for supporting Empty Bowls! 


Hilltop Artists

Artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly co-founded Hilltop Artists with Kathy Kaperick in 1994. For over 20 years, Hilltop Artists has been transforming the lives of youth through the power of art, adult mentorship, and wrap-around services.  Hilltop Artists has served as a refuge for youth ages 12 to 20 from diverse backgrounds.



Open Arts Studio

Open Arts Studio is a school of the arts where traditional and modern techniques of fine art are taught in a safe and non-competitive environment, giving students the tools and freedom to express their growing creativity, combining three fundamental elements:  technique, creativity and fun. 

Nancy Corey

Nancy works mainly with transparent and iridescent glasses and tends toward Asian influenced pieces and abstract glass work. She is drawn to Asian because of the simplicity and clean lines.


Kaaren Brooks, Self Centered Pottery

Karen inspirations include a combination of listening to what people want, looking at and taking pictures of her natural environment, viewing other artists’ work in a variety of media,

and  experimenting with processes and designs.


Miles Struxness

I have been interested in atmospheric firing with soda, salt or wood firing the results of the firing are a mystery until the kiln has cooled and the door is open. It's kind of like treasure hunting.  


Brian and Wendy Fuller – Fairview Lake Studios

Brian and Wendy love to create simply styled functional pieces and feel that incorporating beautiful, unique objects into everyday life can help to elevate even simple acts like preparing foods or serving a meal.  All pieces are entirely handcrafted, one-of-a-kind and contain unique variations of patterns and colors, that are lead free and food, microwave, and dishwasher safe.  

 Judy LaMere 

Judy is trilled to be a part of the Gig Harbor artist community! Her pottery wheel is tucked into a corner in the RV she shares with her husband Vern. Along with creating pottery, she enjoys belonging to the close knit group of artists in the Ebb Tide Gallery of Gifts

Throwing Mud Gallery

The gallery’s mission is to encourage creativity and an understanding of quality handcrafted art through its retail gallery and pottery classes. We offer welcoming and friendly pottery classes for both beginner and experienced adult potters to enhance their creativity.  2212 North 30th Street, Tacoma, WA 98403



Wanda Garrity, FireblazePottery

My goal is to ensure each piece has a smooth flow from start to finish…to create beautiful pieces of art – both functional and decorative – in a variety of firing techniques to include Raku, Saggar, Carbon, and High-fired Porcelain.”




               Washington Correction Center for Women — Sisters of Charity and the Empty Bowls Project


Sisters of Charity is a program at Washington Corrections Center for Women that benefits over 30 charities both local and worldwide. In 2016, Sisters of Charity donated over 2,400 items including quilts, pillowcases, ceramic pieces, scarves, hats, bags, animal beds, and other miscellaneous items to various charities. Sisters of Charity began their relationship with the Empty Bowls Project in 2015 when they were asked to make pottery bowls for a local Empty Bowls fundraiser. They donated 20 bowls that were glazed by outside volunteers and the WCCW bowls sold very quickly at their event. Over the past year, Sisters of Charity has continued to make and donate pottery bowls for the Empty Bowls Project and are more than excited to continue working with this event that focuses on reducing child hunger locally in our area.  

I hand paint my designs one piece at a time, each one an original. My work is functional every day use pieces, designed to be used and enjoyed every day. I use mostly porcelain clay with occasional experiments with other clays.  https://sidedoorpottery.com

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