About Erik Hertz

I was first introduced to pottery in 1963 at a craft fair in Asheville North Carolina at the age of five. Clay and the potter’s wheel fascinated me all through grade school. In high school I was given the opportunity to learn to throw and to teach others what I had learned.

In 1978 and 1979 I was employed as Ceramics Director at “Camp Tapawingo,” a summer camp for the developmentally disabled in Manassas, Virginia where I held classes for 400 campers.

I began producing pottery for retail and wholesale in 1980 and have continued to do so to date. For the last three years I have been teaching hand built ceramics and wheel throwing at “The Art Institute and Gallery” in Salisbury Maryland. My students are adults and children ages five and up.

Starting right out of high school I have held clay workshops for a wide variety of groups from preschool children to ministers on retreat, incarcerated Juvenal delinquents to gifted private school students.

I have taught hand building in clay, wheel throwing, kiln firing, kiln repair and glaze production in camps, colleges and public and private schools as near as my neighborhood to as far as Braunau Am Inn, Austria and Kauai, Hawaii.

I have produced stoneware pottery for retail and wholesale for nearly 40 years. Hertz Pottery is high fired stoneware of original design. It is safe for use in the microwave, oven and dishwasher, and is intended for daily use. All pieces of Hertz Pottery are designed to provide many years of service.

I enjoy surfing, table tennis, swimming, being a husband, dad and grandad and teaching people about pottery and ceramic art.

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