Vegetable Bowl by Heerspink and Porter
Brent and Julie work together at their home and studio located just north of the Les Cheneaux Islands Area in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They make a wide range of stoneware pottery using ash based glazes made in part with local raw materials.
Brent studied pottery at Hope College and after graduating spent two years in England, Scotland and France employed as a thrower and kiln builder in several pottery workshops. Upon his return he set up his own pottery in Holland, Michigan. He built a two chambered oil and wood fired kiln and used a local Michigan clay to produce his functional ware.
Julie graduated from Grand Valley State University with a specialization in pottery. Afterwards she was an intern at the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village Pottery in Dearborn, Michigan making and decorating early American style salt ware and earthenware. After meeting Brent and working with him at his workshop in Holland, they moved to their home in the Upper Peninsula where they have lived since 1983.
Their work has been shown at national level art fairs across the country and is in collections in the United States, Europe, China and Japan. They have taught several workshops focusing on throwing, glazing and brushwork techniques as well as building and firing wood fired kilns.
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