Thursday, June 6, 2019

Featured Exhibitor: Twice Baked Pottery


 Twice Baked Pottery aims to provide high quality pottery at a reasonable price.  Scott Obernberger, the potter, proprietor, and purveyor of  Twice Baked believes that pottery is meant to be used and enjoyed.  “It is functional art, not just to be placed on a shelf, but on your table -- a tool for you to use when breaking bread with friends or enjoying some quiet time curled up with a good book and a mug of coffee, hot cocoa, or tea.  Pottery is meant to enhance, not take over.”



Who are you and what do you do?


I’m Scott Obernberger, the potter, proprietor, and purveyor of Twice Baked Pottery.  Our store is a unique shopping experience — how often can you actually watch and see the very same items you are about to buy being made right in front of you?  I make all of the functional pottery I sell right in the shop in front of my customers.  One of my goals was to give customers a chance to see how pottery is made. Whether it is throwing at the wheel, putting handles on mugs, glazing, or loading kilns, customers get to see all of the love and labor that goes into each and every piece that I make.  At Twice Baked Pottery we offer a personal touch so that everyone’s shopping experience brings back memories of a simpler time — when people greeted each other warmly, service was a priority, and you knew not just where something was made, but the person who actually made it.


Have you always been passionate about art and design?

I’ve been working with clay for more than ten years.  Initially just a hobby to escape from the grind of the "day job", I’ve found my calling and am enjoying the next chapter of life -- transforming what was a hobby into a profession.  Having practiced law for more than 18 years, the transition to potter may appear anything other than a natural fit.  My focus for the first half of my life had always been in areas where I used my analytical skills -- from being a Politics major at The Catholic University of America to representing thousands of clients in court and running my own litigation practice in Milwaukee.  Taking up pottery as a hobbyist was an incredible change in how I both thought and saw the world.  Art opens your mind and lets you see things that we miss in everyday life.  Art creates possibilities we don't always see or that we take for granted.

What motivates you to create? 

Constantly expanding his repertoire in clay, Scott looks forward to taking additional classes and learning new techniques.  "There is so much more that I want to accomplish in clay.  It is an art form that allows for constant change and experimentation.  It is the artistic marriage of control and chaos -- you never know what you'll have until it's done.  I don't know yet where this journey will take me, but I am excited to find out."




Check out more of Scott's products online, and be sure to stop by his booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 1-3, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

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