Living and loving the Early American Lifestyle has earned Kay a sharp eye for the design aesthetics of this very popular period. With a skillful hand she incorporates many traditional symbols, colors, characters, verses, themes, etc. from Antique Redware, and, more recently, from Pennsylvania German Frakturs in her Original Redware designs.
Kay has been making Redware for about 30 years and is largely self-taught in both the artistic talents and technical aspects of her craft (including compatibility of clays, slips, glazes, underglazes, kiln firing and maintenance). The early challenge of making Redware for her family's enjoyment turned into a career with over 19,000 pieces produced to date… And yes, Kay numbers and records each piece she lovingly creates.
Kay's other creative passions include Counted Cross Stitching Samplers, Herb and Flower Gardening, and Interior Decorating.
Working in their Shop, selling their wares at a show, or relaxing in their beautiful home with Kay keeps Bob in an Early American frame of mind. A truly multitalented artisan, Bob is at home designing and building period detailed wood furniture, hand painting original folk art designs, or creating pottery in a variety of forms. His keen eye for detail and a passion for Early American aesthetics shines bright in every creation.
Bob is a Master Cabinet Maker who focuses on painted pine furniture and accessories. His commitment to the period shows in the fine details like Milk Paint and Faux Finishes, Seeded Glass, and Hand Forged Hardware. Bob has been designing, constructing, and finishing custom furniture and accessories for decades, and he has been sharing his wares with delighted Early American aficionados since 1980.
Bob's other creative outlets are hand painted folk art designs, and sharing Kay's passion for Redware with wheel thrown pottery and intricate slab formed bottles.