Red House Pottery

About the Artist

Jeffrey has worked with clay since the mid '70s. He began as an apprentice to Bay Area potter Denah Griffiths, herself a student of Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm on the Russian River. Marquerite had a wide and enduring influence on potters up and down the west coast. In his five year apprenticeship with Denah he learned many of the same techniques, methods and philosophy of the craft taught at Pond Farm.

He earned his BA degree in art at Humboldt State University learning kiln design, kiln building, various firing techniques as well as clay and glaze formulation. Following school he worked for one year in a production ceramics factory as a jiggerman and thrower.

Throughout his 20's and 30's Jeffrey has built 11 different kilns both wood and gas fired with other potters and on his own. Updraft, crossdraft and downdraft designs including a small brick oven for bread and pizza.

In 1982 he was hired as a pottery instructor and craft shop director at Camp Norwester on Lopez Island. He was one of the founding members of Chimera Gallery on Lopez in 1986. A co-operative run by sixteen artists at the time. Chimera is a thriving artist run non-profit gallery as of 2016. In 1990 he purchased land and established Red House Pottery on the south end of Lopez.

In the fall of 2008 Jeffrey helped his wife Jean found Anchor Art Space a contemporary art gallery in Anacortes Washington.

He currrently produces work in high fired stoneware and porcelain, saggar fired decorative vases and wood fired work produced in an anagama kiln.

His work can be seen and purchased at Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison WA, the Museum Store at the Museum of Northwest Art in LaConner WA, Confluence Gallery in Twisp WA, and Penn Cove Pottery near Coupeville WA. Samples of his work can be viewed at on the web.