Art, Beauty, and Comfort for your Daily Life
Greetings from Steve Skinner and Louise Belmont-Skinner. We're makers of contemporary, one-of-a-kind, stoneware pottery. Our mission is to create art, beauty, and comfort for your daily life.
This Summer, come visit us!
Our home clay studio and gallery are located just outside of New Carlisle, in NW Indiana. Click here for directions.
Whiskey Cups: Place your order by August 15 for our next firing.
The WHISKEY CUP is hand made and features a unique wrapped construction. Its interior is glazed with a contrasting textured exterior. Enjoy the weight and the texture of this cup while you're sharing a drink and a serious conversation with a best friend.
Size: 3.25" tall x 3" diameter
Holds approximately 6 ounces and 2 ice cubes
Glazes: Midnight Blue, Butter Yellow, Serena Blue, Ruby Red, Antique White.
Exterior texture finishes: Light Sand or Iron Oxide Crinkles
Stoneware CHARGERS or Small Platters
One-of-a-kind, handmade stoneware Chargers, available in several glaze colors, have a lovely presence at a meal.
They are both functional (100% food safe) and decorative. Each Charger comes with a removable wire so it can be easily displayed on your wall.
FAVORITE BOWL Collection
FAVORITE BOWLS are some of our most artistic and unique bowls. They fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and sit firmly on a table. The design has tiny "seams" where the different clays have been inlaid and come together. (Don't worry; the bowl is 100% food safe.)
Size: 4.75" diameter x 3" tall
Glazes: Serena Blue, Creme Brulee, Ruby Red, Butter Yellow
Exterior: Stoneware clay with porcelain inlay
SHELL BOWLS: the bowl with a work ethic!
We named it the SHELL bowl because it appears delicate like an ocean shell, but it's hardy enough to withstand the rigors of your day. It takes you from morning granola to a midnight snack, hot or cold. It's the bowl with a work ethic!
Size: Approx. 6" diameter x 2.5" tall
Glazes: Creme Brulee, Butter Yellow, Nutmeg White, Midnight Blue, Serena Blue, Ruby Red.
Exterior: Intentionally unglazed.
RAMEKIN BOWLS: Hardy, versatile and...cute.
Our RAMEKIN is simple, hardy, versatile, and... cute! Bake or microwave in it. Serve hot soup or chili. And don't forget your favorite ice cream sundae.
Hand-built with stoneware.
Size: 5" diameter x 3" high.
Glazes: Nutmeg White, Ruby Red, Serena Blue, Butter Yellow
Stoneware COMFORT CUP Collection
We named it our Comfort Cup. Why? Because hot coffee at 6 AM or a cold-one at 6 PM this Cup feels good in your hands at any time.
Each Cup is unique. Hand-built with stoneware clay. Food, oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe
Size: 5" tall x 3.5" diameter (at top). Holds 12 ounces.
Stoneware TEAPOT Collection
Teapots are interesting to hand build combining function and artistic form. This teapot is stoneware with porcelain inlay on its textured surface. Its interior is glazed. Functional, food safe and pours beautifully. And...its shape is inspired by a rock we picked up in our vegetable garden.
Design details: Some teapots have little legs, some don't. Some have porcelain inlay, some don't.
Sizes: Approx. 9" x 6" x 3"
Glaze: Teapot interiors are all glazed. Their exteriors are intentionally unglazed.
Stoneware BASKET Collection
Small stoneware BASKETS have a lovely sense of fullness and calm, which you can feel when you hold one. Steve creates these bowls in two parts. He begins with a simple hand-formed clay bowl as the base. Then, he stretches a rectangular clay slab into a long "ribbon" and quickly wraps and pinches it around the bowl's top. The gesture is both calculated and spontaneous and makes each bowl a one-of-a-kind piece.
Size: Approx. 6" diameter x 4" high
Glazes: Interior colors include Serena Blue, Ruby Red, Butter Yellow, and more as available. The exterior is intentionally unglazed.
Don't see the one-of-a-kind pottery piece you're looking for?
Please email us about it, and let's talk. We do custom orders all the time. Pottery@blacktreestudio.com