|Greg Shooner American Redware
For over a decade, the redware pottery of Greg
Shooner and his wife Mary, has found a place in
private collections and museum shops all across
America and abroad. Featured in magazines and
newspapers, this ware remains unrivaled in its
interpretations of rare antiques.
Traditional slipware decorations include the full
range of sgraffito, "fancy" slip, and quilling on
drape-molded plates and platters, as well as a full
range os unique wheel-thrown jars, crocks, jugs,
A little history from Greg Shooner...
The earliest evidence of American redware is
from Jamestown, Virginia and dates from
We can assume potters were working in this
country prior to this date, but no clues or
histories of them have yet been found.
Upon arriving from Europe, the early settlers
found an urgent need for all sorts of household
wares and utensils. Usually these were only
available through the local "pot baker"' whose
shop was built on or near the natural clay
For over 200 years, thousands of American
potters turned out millions of redware pots to
meet daily household needs. Of all these milk
pans, pie plates, jugs, jars, and crocks only a
small number were ever embellished or
decorated in any way.
Due to the increasing demand for ulitarian
wares, potters opened their kilns to long lines of
eager customers and usually sold out within
hours. This constant demand left little time to the
craftsman for artwork.
Decorations on redware are rare, but do exist,
and the most elaborate examples are found
today only in the collections of major museums.
Pieces that occasionally reach the antiques
market have sold at auctions for as much as
$50.000 to $100.000.
Decorated or plain, the potters integrity and
dignity in the practice of his craft is always
|We have known Greg & Mary Shooner for more than 15 years. Over the last few
years our relationship with the Shooners has become more personal. On a recent
trip to Ohio we were able to spend a few days with Greg and Mary. For the
longest time I have wanted to see his workshop and learn more about how he
makes his pottery and actually see it in it's various stages of creation. Greg was
gracious enough to spend a wonderful day to satisfy my curiosity. Although I
always had the utmost respect for Greg's talent, I now have a greater appreciation
for his and Mary's work.
Below are photos given to us by Greg & Mary of pottery in various stages