Jesus + pots = meaningful work. I love clay and making; I continually find the only true reason I make pots is because Jesus created me to be a maker. I love making.
Hi! My name is Phillip Schmidt. I was born, raised, and continue to live in the great state of Minnesota. I started making pots midway through my college years under potter Kirk Freeman and received my Bachelor’s degree in art with an emphasis in ceramics in 2009. About a year after graduating, I asked Steve Rolf (aka S.C. Rolf) about a one-year apprenticeship and we began a conversation that eventually led to me having a relaxed apprenticeship with him. This was like having Michael Jordan teach me how to play basketball–I was so excited! Steve and his family and I fast became friends and our relationship continues today. I am married to my beautiful wife Angela and have three little boys Pax, and Gus, and Franklin! I love to bake and enjoy learning Christmas songs on the piano and dream of gathering the family around singing like in Little Women, also playing at the park with the kiddos and going to bed at a reasonable time.
I tend to make mugs and bowls, and other helpful things for the kitchen. These are glazed and fired to cone 1 (2100F) in an oxidised atmosphere. I like simplicity and sturdiness and try to make my pots, decorations, and glaze recipes in this fashion. I make things that I love to use and that give me joy in making and using, and I hope that those who purchase my work share in that joyful spirit and might be enriched. The wisest man ever to live said, “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This too is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?” My clay heroes are Steve Rolf, Kirk Freeman, Guillermo Cuellar, Warren Mackenzie, and Dick Cooter. Peace.