“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.
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.
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