Keith Hershberger

I MAKE WHEEL THROWN POTTERY THAT IS CREATED WITH CARE, AND MEANT TO BE USED.

In a world that is too fast, and often too dark, my goal is to make space in the day for beauty. Using a handmade object is like having a conversation with the maker, and I like the idea that I can help create, and even share in, the small moments in the day when we allow ourselves to sit down for a moment and have a cup of coffee, or a bowl of soup.

My work is fired to about 2200F, and decorated with slips and glazes using brushwork, stencils, screen-printing, decal image transfer and gold luster.

I create the images I use on my work in Photoshop and use the digital image to create physical stencils and silkscreens I use with colored slips, and to print laser decals for image transfer.

Keith Hershberger is a potter living in Philadelphia, PA who has been making a living working in clay for 25 years. A dino nut as a child, he could name every dinosaur discovered by the time he was four, and he spent countless hours drawing them. Now, with his line of dinosaur pottery, he found a way to bring some of that carefree childhood joy into his ceramic work. You can find his work in shops and galleries across the US, at shows throughout the East Coast and Midwest, as well as at The Highland Park Pottery Tour, a Pittsburgh neighborhood based house tour where ceramic artists invite the public into their homes and studios to view and purchase their work, which he founded with several friends in 2011. His work has been published in 500 Prints on Clay and in Graphic Clay by Jason Burnett. He graduated from Goshen College with a B.A. in Fine Art with a focus on ceramics.

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