Meet our 10 current artists and identify their work by their artists’ stamps. The impressed mark with initials inside of a circle is the potter’s mark and indicates who threw the form. The sculptor’s mark consists of the artist’s italicized initials impressed into the clay. The underlined script initials in glaze represent the artist who glazed the piece.
Kevin Hicks is the founder and owner of Ephraim Pottery. He is also the studio’s primary potter and has a strong interest in designing pieces that offer an innovative and architectural quality.
Laura Klein joined Ephraim Pottery in 2000. She brings to the studio a bold sculpting style, characterized by high relief and flowing, organic designs. Laura is famous for sculpting little critters with big personalities.
Ken Nekola came to Ephraim Pottery in 2002 with 30 years experience as a potter and sculptor. Ken cultivates a symmetrical, precise sculpting style, bringing a level of exactitude to each piece that he forms.
John Raymond joined Ephraim Pottery as a studio foreman and glazer in 2001, but nowadays he is the artist behind the studio’s woodshop. John designs and lovingly handcrafts Ephraim’s wood offerings with unflinchingly high standards of quality.
Becky Hansen came to Ephraim Pottery in 2006, from the historic Van Briggle Pottery in Colorado. Becky spends the majority of her time glazing, but also has aptitude and affinity for sculpting vases. She brings a subtle sensitivity to our ceramic art that has resulted in wonderfully textured and favorite glaze combinations like Autumn Reflections, Birch, and Curdled Amethyst.
Jennifer Alexander joined Ephraim Pottery in 2010 as a young artist, but has quickly become a leader in the glazing department. She eagerly takes on big challenges and innovates new glazing techniques. Jennifer is one of our most prolific and influential glazers.
Leah Purisch came to Ephraim Pottery in 2011 with a background in oil painting. With Leah’s knowledge of two-dimensional techniques and composition, the studio has been able to expand our offerings to include tile designs and scenic vases.
Shelby joined us as a glazer in 2019. Shelby’s background is in elementary art education. In addition to education, Shelby is a passionate artist and enjoys creating artwork by sewing with mixed materials like paper.
Alek Schroeder joined Ephraim Pottery in 2015. Alek had a strong interest in ceramics throughout high school and college and his work here at the studio has further honed his throwing skills. Alek brings a fresh eye for design and impresses us with his unique carved vases.
Matt Drees is our newest addition to Ephraim Pottery, joining us in October 2019. Matt comes to us with a BFA in Art and Design from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In school Matt initially focused on two-dimensional design, but after a couple of years took an interest in ceramics and throwing on the potter’s wheel. He eventually merged his emotive gestural line drawings with wheel-thrown ceramic vessels. We look forward to Matt’s contributions to design in the studio.