Handcrafted Pottery Since 1996
Ephraim Pottery was founded over 20 years ago. With the rise of the cubicle and mass-produced goods, Kevin Hicks revered a time when people made objects by hand. Hicks, an Ephraim Pottery founder, was a skilled potter with a business degree who imagined a modern artisan guild where collaboration thrives, and handmade products emphasize the maker.
His experience with this kind of interactive environment hearkened back to school where he was always drawn to the art rooms. After hours, he found these spaces transformed into studios with artists working side-by-side. His ideas were heightened and refined by the input of other creatives in this naturally synergetic setting.
This clubhouse atmosphere inspired Hicks to establish a ceramic studio where craftspeople contribute to the artistic side of design. Ephraim’s studio is a unique hybrid—a place where creative ideas are shared, gathered, and developed among a group of 10 artists. Here, the traditional factory-production pottery studio of the past merges with the autonomy of the modern artist.
Ephraim’s aesthetic, above all, is one that celebrates the hand-of-the-maker. We purposely lean away from technologies that remove the artists’ hands from the work—such as slip casting, using molds or computer-aided transfer methods, or ram pressing. Each piece is hand thrown, sculpted and finished with glazes that are designed in-house in our Wisconsin studio.