Get to know Meredith
Clay is an inherent part of who I am, a natural expression and extension of my vocabulary. I am happiest when creating. I personally design, throw, form, glaze, fire and photograph each piece of work from my studio. I love clay. I love having my hands in clay, creating beautiful forms and textured, tactile pieces. Functional pottery should start with form in mind. I design and throw each piece to work at its fullest potential. Coffee cups are designed to keep coffee warm and have a comfortable handle. Bowls have a beautiful curve as well as a lovely rim to hold as the bowl frames the contents within it.
I have had my hands in clay my entire life, beginning with clay classes at the Bellevue Parks department throughout my school years. I later returned to teach those same classes to the next generation. I attained my degree in Art Education, with an emphasis in Ceramics from Western Washington University. I have taught in public schools and was an Adjunct Instructor at the Northwest College of Art and Design for 19 years. I am currently acting as Co-President for the Washington Clay Arts Association (WCA), an active member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts NCECA), National Clay Week (NCW) and Pottery Northwest. I have dedicated years to Art Education- what a privilege it is to now be able to turn my time and creative energy to my own art work.
A true northwest baby, I was born and raised in Washington, spending time hiking, biking, kayaking, exploring the beauty of the verdant environment, enjoying the salty, barnacled beaches of Puget Sound. I live a charmed life on Fern Street, in the tiny town of Indianola, a ferry ride from Seattle, where my studio is in my forested backyard. I am living the dream with my husband, two sons, a Great Pyrenees, and five pugs who litter my studio as well as rule my life.
Explore The Studio
Even the Fern Street Pottery Studio itself is handmade. The studio was built entirely by my capable husband Darren, with my direction and assistance, and even our kids helping as well. We built the studio into the top floor of our garage. The detached garage was originally built tall, to house an RV, but when we purchased our house, we saw the potential to turn it into studio space. To begin, Darren had to add a floor and structural support where there was only open space (those years of construction work in college surely paid off!). He plumbed water to the studio from the house, sheet rocked, and painted. Many Up-cycled pieces were used in the process: a vintage 1940’s enameled sink and cabinet, wood from an old boat shed lines the studio ceiling.
We had an aging Big Leaf Maple, which we had removed and slabbed to dry a few years prior. Darren used the slabs of live edge maple to make display shelving and a 10 foot long work table for the studio, and even deck furniture for the studio deck. The slabs are about 20 feet from where they grew- you can’t get any more locally harvested than that! The studio faces south, lined with windows overlooking deck into a forested neighborhood. Our amazing friends came to work parties to help him build a second story cedar deck, stairs, and entrance to the studio, which really gives the feeling of a tree-house studio.
I feel so fortunate to have a bright, light studio in the trees. Since the space was a blank slate I was able to design freely to suit my needs. The studio is primarily used for personal studio use, but also efficient for workshops, classes, and with some clean-up it transforms into an airy showroom for studio tour sales. Fern Street Pottery is located in Indianola, a quiet little beach town on the Puget Sound, a ferry ride away from Seattle. Outside I hear eagles call out as they circle above, riding the thermals, while inside my rescued pugs snore and sleep in front of the wood stove.