Historically, pottery has played a significant, often overlooked role in the lives of countless generations around the world. Traditional American pottery was often not fancy, nor pretty; it was functional and served the purpose as a cooking, drinking, or storage vessel. Use of this pottery however, was centered upon the communal acts of cooking, eating, and sharing a drink.
Aesthetically drawn to and inspired by early American pottery, I identify with its simplicity, heft and substance. Admiring that most early American potters did not make art for a living. They made simple and functional wares; rudimentary pieces for daily use prior to refrigeration and mass-produced glassware.
It is from this perspective that I create my growlers, flasks, jugs and kitchenwares. I strive to make simple, functional pots that can and should be used on a daily basis and not just placed on a shelf. Through use, these pieces of pottery will become part of those special daily interactions; taking on marks of wear - a proud patina that is a direct reflection of where they have been and how they have served.
Carlburg Pottery / Handmade Growlers is Veteran Owned and operated small business.