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Eric Strader, grandson of Petoskey, Michigan potter Stanley Kellogg, continues the family tradition of making functional pottery. Both Eric and his wife, Laura, grew up in Michigan, but have relocated to Northern Indiana where Laura teaches elementary art and Eric works as a studio potter.

His studies began with a degree in clarinet performance from Western Michigan University. Memories of his grandfather’s studio led him to enroll in a ceramics course at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art where he discovered his love for clay. In order to further his training, Eric apprenticed with Goshen, Indiana potter, Dick Lehman. Eric’s pottery has been featured in many invitational and juried exhibitions, as well as art fairs throughout the Midwest.

Eric produces hand thrown, high fired pottery with lead free glazes. It is made of durable stoneware clay and may be used in the conventional oven, microwave oven, and dishwasher. Proper care includes tempering serving pieces with hot water before placing hot food or boiling water in them, and avoiding sudden temperature changes. Pottery should not be placed on a burner or other direct heat source.



Kalamabrew Video - "Meet potter Eric Strader,
The Man Who Makes Bell's Brewery Inc.'s Drinkware"


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