About Bristol Pottery: Contact info: Phone: 847-287-7735
Bristol Pottery is a one man shop making handcrafted, one of a kind, functional, stoneware pottery for everyday use. My name is Fred Gregory, and I have been making pots for 39 years. The vast majority of my work is made on the wheel, but I also do some slab and coil pots, as well as, some textural sculptures.
When I first started making pots, I fell in love with the process. I just couldn't get enough. I practiced at the wheel until my hands were raw from the sand and grog in the clay, and then I practiced some more. When I wasn't making pots, I was reading about them, going to museums, and visiting the studios of other potters. The pots I was making at the time were not very good, but I was learning and enjoying the journey. That learning continues every time I touch the clay!
As I made more and more pots, the question was, what to do with them? I gave them away, or they sat out onthe kitchen counter; occasionally I would use one. In my interest to learn more, I started visiting other potters, buying a bowl here and a mug there. This gave me the opportunity to see, touch, and use pots made by other potters. As my family and I started using these handmade pots (dishes) made by a variety of people, we started to become attached to them. Something special was going on. We each had a favorite plate, bowl, and/or mug. Somehow, using these handmade dishes in our every day lives, made our lives richer. Through use, I began to better understand the connection between form and function, and the role that "process" played in the finished piece. In a sense, the pots "spoke" to me. Each use became the continuation of a conversation with the pots, their makers, and the historical traditions they suggested. A relationship, that continues to delight my family and I each day!
Here are some pots from over the years:
Small Jars and Serving Bowls