About Us

The intention of The New Phoenix Pottery Studio is to provide a supportive environment in which students can investigate the creative and functional possibilities of clay.

Creating with clay, one of earth's most abundant raw materials, is an ancient process dating from the 7th century BC. Since Neolithic times, clay has been used to create household objects as well as purely aesthetic work.

In addition, fellowship and community flourish in our classes. Please join us in an on-going exploration of a centuries-old craft.

If you're looking for a unique gift, our gallery is an excellent place to start your search. We feature local artists' work, as well as that of the NPP (New Phoenix Pottery) students and teachers. Come in and browse.

Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

Studio members have 24/7 access to the studio (except for when class is in session).
Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8-11 am and Tuesday and Thursday 9am-2pm. Weekend hours by appointment

Our Artists and Instructors:

Christine Williams, owner and artist
Jeff Drinkwaterinstructor and artist
Lauren Freed, instructor and artist

Nancy Gallagher, instructor and artist
Nancy Gallagher is a full time studio potter producing primarily functional stoneware pottery. She has her own studio in Seven Valleys, PA.

Much of her inspiration comes from early British studio pottery as well as historic medieval pots which has taken her to the UK, traveling and creating pots at potteries in Devon, Dartmoor, the Cotswolds and Wales. She considers herself very lucky to have spent three and a half years working closely with her mentor, Bill van Gilder, who has influenced her thinking as well as her teaching style.

Jeremy Sims, instructor and artist 
Jeremy Sims is a Baltimore based potter who specializes in non-traditional, extreme craft. He writes for Social Apparition and on his website, www.jeremysimsart.com when he’s not teaching for Baltimore Clayworks, The New Phoenix Pottery or The Chesapeake Arts Center. Jeremy is an internationally acclaimed artist and has just returned to the states after completing a residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center.

Heather Stanford, studio manager and artist

Heather Stanford has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art with continuing studies at The Maryland Institute, College of Art. She spent 7 years as a designer for a reputable government contracting firm and continued her career as a free-lance artist and business owner, creating custom print work and commissioned paintings.

She now serves New Phoenix Pottery as a potter, designer and office manager. Heather enjoys throwing on the wheel, antiques, painting, gardening and history. She hopes to enrich the NPP community with her expertise and also learn from others in her adventure as an artist. 

Antoinette Neroinstructor and artist

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