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Looking for a precious pottery selection is made much easier when respected stores and artisans display their work for a valued purchase. It is more than clay and a potter’s wheel, but the expertise and dedication of the artisans that make for a valuable possession. There are a myriad of selections for the home, business or individual preference and the owners and staff will direct you to a purchase that meets your interests. The Pittsburgh region is heaped in cultural and historical significance, and the stores and studios are a declaration of the artistic value that can be shared with communities for an aesthetic experience and understanding of the art world.

Wolf’s Den Pottery
9241 Old Perry Hwy.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(724) 422-0170
www.wolfsdenpottery.com

It is no wonder that you can find the ceramic work by Amanda Joy Wolf around the country and at craft stores, shops and galleries. Her background in education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and teaching at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild set her ceramics experience on a successful journey. Amanda’s creativity is noticeable in each piece and the quality of work is not only handmade, but a prized possession for your home. Amanda takes the time to prepare from the potter’s wheel, firing, glazing to the decorations for an incredibly beautiful pottery design.

Stray Cat Studio
507 Seventh Ave.
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
(724) 494-9347
www.straycatarts.com

You won’t go astray to find the right track of steps to find the Stray Cat Studio, and the combination of the shop and studio provides a common bond. Renee Suhr, owner, stated that the walk between the studio and shop gives a feeling of the actual making of the pottery. She mentioned there are top-notch ceramists with pottery pieces for purchase in the gift shop. Other than pottery classes in the studio are a dedicated staff to direct you to all the diverse options at Stray Cat Studio. Renee said the pottery displayed by local artisans and ceramists keeps the market locally instead of those from abroad.

Fireborn Studios
2338 Sarah St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 488-6835
www.fireborn.com

Fireborn Studio studios stand for more than the superb classes by masters of the craft industry by talented artists and ceramists. The pottery on display for purchase, and the dedicated work by Daniel Vito and Donna Hetrick, are those that will make a perfect fit for your home. The Fireborn Gallery has an impressive display of pottery for dinnerware, bowls and mugs that will highlight your home with style and elegance. There are over 50 artists who give a wow experience for their displays and time to browse to purchase a product with the knowledge that the work was done by an expert.

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Penn Avenue Pottery
1905 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-9394
www.facebook.com/PennAvenuePottery

If you are in the Strip District and are looking for pottery, then a stop at Penn Avenue Pottery will be your ticket to a multitude of selections. Gary Pletsch, founding partner, noted there are five local artists that have work displayed at the store. He gave credit to Bill Foglia, who started the store in 1990 from a food business to a studio and gallery. The pottery choices range from tumblers, mugs, ceramic beads, vases to clay creatures and handmade gifts for the home to cherish, as the work is a dedicated piece made from expert potters. When you have a store that has stood the test of time, and  with generations of excellence, you will know that a valued purchase of pottery will be a return visit to the store.

Art Beat Gallery
52 E. High St.
Waynesburg, PA 15370
(724) 833-9058
www.artbeat-gallery.com

Art Beat Gallery is located just off I-79 South in Waynesburg and the trip will be well worth the effort to view the abundant pottery selections. There seems to be new pieces each visit and the owner, Linda Winegar, has pottery by esteemed ceramists including her husband, Jim, that will provide plenty of options for purchase. The pottery will fit nicely in your home and the craftsmanship detailing is top-notch. While you’re in the store, there are opportunities to purchase other mediums like jewelry, painting, wood and glass. The good news if you aren’t near the shop, Art Beat Gallery will make preparations for shipping.

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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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