Vince Pitelka
Appalachian Center for Craft
Tennessee Technological University

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Railroad Stoneware
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From 1975 to 1985 I operated Railroad Stoneware, a one-person production studio located next to the tracks of the Arcata and Mad River Railroad in Blue Lake, California, just inland from Humboldt Bay up in the Redwood Empire.  I made wheel-thrown functional stoneware, retailing through studio sales and local craft shows and wholesaling to galleries, gift shops, and kitchen/gourmet shops in Northern California and Oregon.  Most of the wares were decorated with underglaze brushwork in iron slip and cobalt stain, glazed with a clear glaze or a simple palette of colored glazes, and reduction fired to cone 10.  Non-production one-of-a-kind pieces were often slip decorated, and can be seen on the Slip Ware page.

I built my own studio equipment, and have included pictures of the 100 cubic-foot downdraft gas car kiln and pugmill. 

If you have questions or comments about my work, please contact me.  


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