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New Beginnings  (Feb. 19, 2010)

I moved into a new house in August of 2009 and I now work out of my basement.  The work I made and the people I worked with at the Firehouse East/West Studios will always be important but a new series of work has been on the brink for a while, and it needed a new home.
I'm firing wood again up in napa with a team of incredible artists and potters at Scott Parady's kiln. 
And since we're on the topic of change I no longer work for Whitney Smith.  This is a post from Whitney's blog about the end of an era Whitney Smith Blog

Bay Area Pottery Posse
Mudfire Gallery
Decatur, GA
June 2009

This show was featured in "Upfront" of Ceramics Monthly  June/July/August 2009

Wood Firing at Scott Parady's  (2009)

WE'RE A NON-PROFIT! (Oct.18, 2008)
It's true.  The Firehouse Collective has just attained non-profit status with the help of the dance troop Artship.
We've all been working really hard for the past two years and now we've built an arts community including 2 art studios with 4 apartments above them, a new gallery/community workshop space in North Berkeley, and non-profit status.
Thank you to everyone who has helped the FHC get this far!

NEW GALLERY:(Oct 2008)

Firehouse North

1790 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley Ca, 94703
The Firehouse Collective has two homes these days...
One at the Harmon St. Studios
One in North Berkeley!



STUDIO NEWS: (Sept. 2008)

I Just spent 3 weeks out of the Bay area traveling across the country by car.  While I was stopped in Las Vegas, NV I was invited to a Middle School as a visiting artist to throw pots for a day.
For anyone out there who couldn't guess, 7th and 8th graders can't handle the pulling of a handle!

(handle pulling demo) 

The teacher who invited me to his class wrote me a wonderful note after I left:


Words cannot express how grateful I am that you came out. You have honestly made me reconnect with clay in a way that I haven't been in over a year. It was incredible to watch you with my students and to show them the love that you have for your art. They really loved you. They were just talking about you. You have a gift, not only as an artist, but as a teacher as well. If you can connect with middle school kids, you can do what ever you want. I am going to make a bunch of stuff. My mind is racing with all of these new ideas that have been extinct for some time now. So I guess a big thanks helping me find my way again.
-Mr. S.T.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Thank You, I enjoyed it just as much as they did-(if not more).

: WESTside-EASTside Art Studio
(Nov. 2006)

I moved to California a little over a year ago just before I was able to settle myself in a studio in Queens, NY. I wanted to see the West Coast and experience the arts first hand out here. I can't complain, and I won't.
  After several months in San Fransisco I met Tom Franco and Joe Kowalczyk in Berkeley. They had found this vacant commercial space [Firehouse Collective Studios] in South Berkeley and had a vision to start up a ceramics/Art studio inside. I saw a very large project in front of them but it was in a space that held so much potential and I didn't want to walk away from the opportunity to help them get it on it's way.  I figured taking a leap of faith and moving across the country was one thing, but if i pasted up the opportunity in front of me to become involved with artists with so much ambition, and drive to make this space
work for so many other people, what was the point of my move across the country?  
This was in August 2006. I moved to Berkeley and the Firehouse Collective project began. I started making work again and in this new environment my forms are slightly different but I'm incorporating a lot of my older work into more recent functional pottery forms.
.....Stay tuned and more will follow.

Bradford Pottery   -J. Bradford Gallery Taos, NM
The Potters Wheel Studio
  -Queens, NY

-Christiano Petrini

Ham Steak
    -Musician and ceramic artist

JOKO Creations
-Joe Kowalczyk

Clay Mode
Hue Yang
Jason Dunn
Darren Cockrell

“The slow decline of the functional teapot in the second half of the 20th century was paralleled by the rapid rise of the studio craft teapot, which was enlisted as a foot soldier—or perhaps a Trojan Horse—in the battle to have studio craft objects perceived as art” says Timothy Anglin Burgard
(speaking on the Sandy Besser collection shown at the De Young Museum of Art in San Francisco)

 Whitney Smith


4th & Clay

Matt Towers


John Bradford


Denise Pelletier