Functional ceramics by Paddy and Greg Skwira / Royal Oak, Mich.
Beer/large beverage tumbler
Unlike most art, pottery is meant to be touched. That makes the surface of a pot an intriguing place to play and experiment. Carving, slip trailing and handmade stamps make that suface a record of decisions, experiments, whimsy, experience and accident that are unique to each pot.
When you use a well made pot you should feel some of the energy that went into its creation. The gestures of the potter's hand, captured in the fired clay, make that particular pot unlike any other. That human connection is something no machine-made pot, however well designed, can provide. And in a world ever more mechanized and impersonal, this human connection seems increasingly important.
We focus on pieces used for cooking, serving, eating, drinking and entertaining -- the communal experience of sharing food, drink and time with friends and family. We want our pots to enhance your home and the time you share with the people who are important to you.
All our pots are safe for use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher. Glazes are durable and lead-free.
Carved covered casserole
Paddy Skwira has been selling her work at art fairs since 1995. Greg got involved a few years later. They live and work in Royal Oak, Mich. They focus on functional pottery, priced low enough so people aren't afraid to use it, because they want their work to be used and enjoyed. They prefer the in-person sales experience of art fairs to Internet order-taking because they enjoy meeting the people who use their pots and are energized by the feedback they get from customers and shoppers.