Kiln House Pottery – Sandy Kreyer’s Floral Ceramic Plates
Sandy Kreyer is known for her use of flowers and birds on her beautiful pottery. Her floral ceramic plates are completely functional and can hang as art when not in use. Prices range from $30 USD for a small plate to $100 for the larger dinner plates and platters. Sandy lives in Long Beach, California, USA, and works out of her home studio, Kiln House Pottery.
Born and raised in Long Beach CA, I am the youngest of 4 sisters. From a very young age I drew flowers all over anything that didn’t move. At 13 I took my first pottery class a Marshall Jr High School, and, somewhere along the line, my doodling and my pottery making met up. Mere doodling grew up to be pretty little flowers, and my interest in pottery grew to the level of wanting pottery that was both pretty and useable. That marriage between flowers and pottery has survived to this day.
In 1970, I did my first show at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Even then, it still wasn’t “art” to me. It was still just something that I liked to do. However, I did more shows and worked for various other potters until I gained more confidence and proficiency at the potter’s wheel. That was the beginning of what you see today. Yet, even now, I hope that I’m still evolving.
One thing I do know, is that I still don’t look at my pottery as “talent”, because that sounds so much like a “job”. Rather, I look at it as hard but loving work, making very pretty things that look wonderful in my home. I was lucky to discover other people feel that my pottery will look beautiful in their homes as well.
My business and my website are called “Kiln House Pottery”, and that’s just what it is. My house is just a few steps away from my “office”, where I have a kiln, and, of course, my clay, supplies, and my potter’s wheel. Once I’ve thrown a piece on my wheel, I can do my own glazing and firing right at home, this gives me the control I need to continue to turn out beautiful pieces for my customers, and myself!
All of the plates are hand-thrown on a potter’s wheel and entirely hand-painted, glazed and fired in a kiln. The round ceramic plates are totally food safe and lead free. They can be washed in a dishwasher and used in the microwave making them a functional pieces of ceramic art. When not in use, hang them on the wall!