Mary Jo Schmith

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Front Avenue Pottery & Tile Co. Gallery

"Working with Clay enables me to craft works of art that function in our everyday life, used hundreds of times with friends & family!"

Front Avenue Pottery, established 2001, designs & creates fine crafted, high quality, playfully decorative dinner & serving ware & clay tile. A BFA graduate from the University of Minnesota, I was undoubtedly influenced by professors Warren MacKenzie & Mark Pharis & their commitment to functional pottery. I'm in my St. Paul, MN studio every day creating inspired functional fine craft for your...

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... table, kitchen & home! Works that are to be used in & illuminate the endless silly or serious cycles of life that surround & consume us every day!

Clay working, like farming, is a life style almost never free from the process of clay's constant change. Front Ave Pottery carries on the tradition of working raw clay into quality, functional stoneware. Wheel thrown, altered or hand built stoneware is reduction fired in the studio's 40 cubic foot gas kiln, giving the glazes their warm coloring. Studio formulated & prepared food safe glazes are dipped, brushed, slip trailed or air brushed in playful, decorative motifs often repeated in series or sets.

The pottery's decorative imagery expresses an ongoing fascination with the cycles of life that surround us every day. References from nature illustrate some very basic elements of our lives that move with us through our lives regardless of our current destination!

Clayworking is first & foremost a learned craft. Skill & technique, accumulated through practice, defines a pot's quality. Whimsical images make the pots all the more fun & unique!

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Medium 20181214 143343

Birch oval vase
Ceramics
$125.00

Medium 20181214 142605

Dragon fly utensil holder
Ceramics
$94.00

Medium 20181214 142304

Birch utensil holder
Ceramics
$94.00

 
Medium 20181214 153058

Birch oval serving bowl
Ceramics
$58.00

Medium 20180918 123822

Dragon fly covered cannister
Ceramics
$129.00

Medium 20180316 085207

Covered Jar Set
Ceramics
$274.00

Medium 20180918 135142

Dragon fly oval platter
Ceramics
$85.00

Medium 20181003 142216

Birch Teapot
Ceramics
$158.00

Medium br gr 2 az

Small Bowl
Ceramics
$20.00

Medium d gr 2 az

Small Bowl
Ceramics
$20.00

 
Medium f gr 2 az

Small Bowl
Ceramics
$20.00

Medium m gr 2 az

Small Bowl
Ceramics
$20.00

Medium  60 green set az

Extra small bowl set
Ceramics
$52.00

 
Medium b bl  1

Stoneware mug
Ceramics
$27.00

Medium bch bl  1

Stoneware mug
Ceramics
$27.00

Medium br bl  1

Bear mug
Ceramics
$27.00

Medium m bl  1

Moose mug
Ceramics
$27.00

Medium w bl  1

Wolf mug
Ceramics
$27.00

 
Medium b gr  1

Happy bird mug
Ceramics
$27.00

Medium bch gr  1

Birch Mug
Ceramics
$27.00

Medium br gr  1

Bear mug
Ceramics
$27.00

 
Medium d gr  1

Dragon fly mug
Ceramics
$27.00

Medium f gr  1

Walleye Fish Mug
Ceramics
$27.00

Medium w gr  1

Wolf mug
Ceramics
$27.00