About Rick McKinney

I have spent a good part of my life in search of places of natural beauty: camping in the mountains of the Gobi desert, walking among the volcanoes of northern Sumatra, evenings high on the granite walls of Yosemite, losing myself among the maze of canyons deep in the Colorado plateau. Fired Earth Pottery Photo

At one time in my life it seemed I was almost obsessed with stone - I studied geology in college, climbed on rock (as a sport), and wandered among rocky places taking photographs. I collected stones and wondered about the stories they told. So it seems very natural for me now to be striving to create beautiful objects of earth and fire - of stoneware and porcelain clays.

I was introduced to pottery by a gifted high school art teacher, George Knaus. He let me build kilns, mix my own glazes, and make a wide variety of pottery. But at the time it never occurred to me that I could make a career of doing this. It would be quite a while before I actually met a potter. I went to college (University of Pennsylvania), majored in Geology, worked as a geologist, traveled and worked in Asia for three years, came back and worked at a couple of different jobs. In my free time, I wandered about the Rocky Mountain west dazzled by the beauty of the place. Then I met pottery again, and knew that I had found my home, something that would connect my experiences and personality into a profession. I opened the gallery and studio in October of 1997.

About Angie Bougie
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Angie Bougie

I have been in and out of ceramics since 1996. Throughout all my travels and experiences I find that I am happier in clay. Currently I am working on thrown and hand-built functional pieces fired to cone ten. I like simple organic forms that fit well in the hand.Fired Earth Pottery Photo

I was born, raised, escaped from and returned home to De Pere, Wisconsin. I’m proud to be a member of a vibrant local art community. You can find me playing with clay or teaching others about the joys of ceramics at Fired Earth Pottery in Appleton. You can also check out my website at www.inclaypottery.com