“Women who have diamonds, it can’t touch the joy and excitement of opening a kiln.”

— Beatrice Wood


about the potter

Little Bear Pots is a line of functional ceramics, named after a frightful encounter with a black bear in a wilderness area of West Virginia, which I slept through. My name is Lindsey Schneider, and I create pieces that play with patterned surfaces, craters, and spikes--each piece is meant to remind us of vulnerability, like a fruit covered in thorns.

I live and work in Red Hook, Brooklyn, among an industrial landscape littered with scraps of street art, big roll-tap gates on boxy warehouses, and uneven cobblestones. This industrial ecology inspires my mark-making and surface detail, which nods to the rough, sharp edges that dot the squared off city blocks and buildings with simple forms. I am drawn to multiples and repetition, particularly when objects slightly diverge from the set through an intriguingly non-straight line or misplaced fingerprint.

Outside of my ceramic life, I work on social justice documentaries.


about the pottery

Every piece starts as a ball of stoneware clay, in either a white, speckled tan, or dark brown claybody.

All glazes are food-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. Every piece can be put in an oven, but please do so when the oven is cool to prevent cracking. Unfortunately, my pieces are not safe for stovetop use.

There is a lot of unpredictability in the process of making pottery and always a surprise when you unload a kiln. I love this about the process and how it imprints on each item a little reminder that it's handmade. I hope you appreciate that, too.

Got a question? Send me an email at studio [at] littlebearpots.com

Interested in learning how to work with clay? I teach adult wheelthrowing classes at Artshack Brooklyn.


I am accepting wholesale orders, with a 50 percent non-refundable deposit. The balance is due upon delivery. Please send me a note and I can send along my wholesale catalog for available items and pricing.


custom orders

It would be my pleasure to make a custom piece or set for you. Please send me a note and we can discuss what you're thinking of. Custom orders generally get completed in about 4-6 weeks depending on what I'm working on at the moment.



Sea La Vie >> Maui, Hawaii

Thick as Thieves >> Palm Springs, California

Jake + Jones >> Santa Barbara, California

Crimson Horticultural Rarities >> Oakland, California

Flowerland >> Albany, California

Bespoke >> Truckee, California

Arora Boheme >> Los Angeles, California

IMEC >> Albuquerque, New Mexico

Spirit of the Earth >> Santa Fe, New Mexico

Covet >> Aspen, Colorado

MiXX Projects >> Telluride, Colorado

Mountain Dandy >> Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Grand Hand >> Saint Paul, Minnesota

Haus Love >> Indianapolis, Indiana

Fail >> Austin, Texas

Black Chalk Home + Laundry >> Fredericksburg, Texas

Paradiso >> Baltimore, Maryland

Lauren Hodges Studio >> Catonsville, Maryland

Art Star >> Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Great House >> Summit, New Jersey

Mimi+Hill >> Westfield, New Jersey

Van Hook Cheese + Grocery >> Jersey City, New Jersey

Mociun >> Brooklyn, New York

Shook + Co >> Brooklyn, New York

Mat Blak >> Brooklyn, New York

Parci Parla >> Brooklyn, New York

Sedoni Gallery >> Northampton, New York

Ravenwood >> Kerhonkson, New York

The Stonehouse >> Delhi, New York

Ode >> Northampton, Massachusetts

Blake+Co >> Orleans, Massachusetts

Monique Rancourt Gallery >> Waltham, Massachusetts

Palomino >> Providence, Rhode Island

Showroom >> Miami, Florida

Cultivations >> Online


international stockists

Another Country >> London, England

Adam Et Rope >> Tokyo, Japan

The Plant Room >> Sydney, Australia

Bear Trader >> Helensburgh, Australia

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