dawn of civilization potters have sought and dug clay, shaped it
with their bare hands and fired their pots making them durable
and suitable for daily use. It may seem that this antiquated
approach to ceramics would have little, if any, chance of surviving
in the twenty-first century. However, this ancient art is
still practiced in a pottery at the end of a lovely gravel lane
just outside picturesque Cambridge, Wisconsin.
Cambridge Wood-fired Pottery was established with one simple purpose
in mind: to make functional pots inspired by English, French, and
Asian traditions. We begin by processing the clay, then turning
each piece on the potter's wheel, and finally firing the pots in
a large wood-burning kiln. This way of making pots pays respect
to ancient traditions and produces pottery that is functional and
connects us to our daily surroundings.
Hi. My name is Mark Skudlarek. I founded Cambridge
Wood-fired Pottery in 1988. I invite you to visit our showroom
at the end of Tranquil Lane. Appropriately named by my neighbor
who farms the land that surrounds my pottery, Tranquil Lane
(located one mile south of Cambridge off county road B) meanders
through farm fields and woodland inhabited by whitetail deer, sandhill
cranes and wild turkey. Click on the "Process" section
of my site to get an idea of what you can see firsthand if you
should ever drop by my shop.