Manabigama Pottery Center is located just north of downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. Our studios and gallery are open to the public year round. Feel free to stop in and browse or call us for an appointment. We have several sales throughout the year and offer wood fire workshops to area potters. Please contact us if you would like to be notified of upcoming event.
Purchase Kiln Plans
The Manabigama Kiln Plans are available for you to purchase here. You can buy just the plans, or we can come to you and build the kiln for you on your site.
Register For Classes
Register for our beginner and intermediate 6 week pottery class.
The small scale and quick firing time of the Manabigama make it the perfect kiln for a group wood firing workshop. In addition, our kilns are enclosed inside our heated 4000 sq foot facility.
How to find us!
The studio is open for retail sales by chance or appointment. Feel free to call or email us if yo would like to schedule a visit.
After discovering pottery in high school in the mid 70’s I spent several years working as apprentice to various production potters across the United States. I discovered wood firing early in my career and have been producing wood fired pottery and building kilns every since. My pottery influences are worldwide. I especially influenced by Japanese, Korean, British and early American crock potters. From historical to contemporary, I am attracted to pottery that has a folk art look and feel.
In 2010, after spending 28 years as the owner of Monocacy Pottery in Maryland, I made the decision to relocate to Ohio and open Manabigama Pottery Center with my wife and partner Tiffany Hyland. My creativity and passion has truly been renewed by the challenges involved in building a whole new studio and introducing my work to a new audience.
The work that we are producing is diverse but we place a special emphasis on fine wood fired stoneware finished in our kilns on site. By using minimal glazing we allow the wood fires natural ash deposits and flame flashing patterns finish each piece. This natural and ancient method of producing pottery gives every pot a beautiful and unique surface.
The labor involved in producing wood fired pottery on a large scale is a very humbling experience and has taught me to appreciate every pot I takeout of my kiln. I hope that all my pots stand on their own and tell the story of my hard work and passion.