About the Pottery
Hawksbill Pottery produces a unique collection of handcrafted stoneware. Each piece is embossed with original designs and hand painted with lead free glaze. All pieces are ovenproof, dishwasher and microwave safe.
Unlike earthenware, stoneware has been fired to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit vitrifying the clay to create a strong and durable finished product. If cared for properly, your piece should last a lifetime and be enjoyed by generations to come.
Process & Technique
Some pieces are thrown on a potter's wheel while others are hand built with slabs and extruded pieces. Embossments are made from stamps that are hand carved from clay, then fired and impressed into wet clay.
Our glazing technique is similar to a "batik" process. Wax is painted as a resist between layers of glaze to create colorful designs and patterns.
We do not use stencils. Each piece is painted free hand with a brush giving spontaneous life to each piece. We believe that this direct process infuses the object with human energy.
Purchase in Person
You can purchase our pottery at any event listed on our Events page. We do a variety of Arts & Carfts shows, both locally and around the country. We post these events online seasonally. If you live local to Charlottesville, you can see us at the Charlottesville City Market & Holiday Market from April through December, also listed on our Events page.
About Our Online Store
All items on our web store are in stock. Just click and fill your cart. Shipping is calculated regionally. East of the Mississippi there is a flat fee of $15 + $3 per additional item, and West of the Mississippi there is a flat fee of $25 + $5 per additional item. Inventory available through our online store changes quickly each month. You may see new items added and others disappear from month to month, as items are created and sold. The store is very active, like going to an Arts & Crafts show. If you see something you like but want more than one of that item, just send an e-mail and we can make arrangements for an order. If the items are in stock, they will go out right away. If they need to be made from clay, orders will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. Special orders may take up to 3 months to complete.
We have been professional ceramic artists since 1989. After graduating from the State University of New York at Purchase, we relocated to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. There, we established the Hawksbill Pottery taking the name Hawksbill from the local mountain and creek where our first studio was located. Now living and working in Charlottesville, VA, we continue to make and exhibit our ceramic art at shows and festivals around the country.
- Vicki & Scott Supraner