Palouse Creek Pottery

Pottery by Palouse Creek Pottery

Palouse Creek Pottery
Palouse Creek Pottery

Palouse Creek Pottery is located near North Bend, on the beautiful Oregon Coast.  Susan Scott and Richard Hopkins live and work in their hand built home and studio which is solar powered and off the grid.  They fire two styles of kilns, a Fred Olsen inspired fast-fire wood kiln in which they fire with scrap wood from neighbors portable mill, driftwood off the local beaches and myrtle wood branches from their seven acres, and a Minnesota Flat Top Kiln designed by Oregon ceramic artist Nils Lou.

Each piece is thrown or hand formed, dried thoroughly, glazed, and sometimes painted with slip designs.  The designs reflect their love of nature and care for the environment.  Waves, spirals, fish and fish bones, insects, rain, swirling water, seed pods, and circles find their way onto the pots.  Doors, ladders, and paths do too.  The designs are also inspired by the clay forms and used to compliment accentuate curves and angles.  Variations of color on the clay bodies and glazes in the wood fire are effects of the flames, ash, salts, and minerals moving through the kiln.  Variations in the gas firings result from placement in the kiln.  All Palouse Creek Pottery is food, micowave, oven and dishwasher safe.