Tucked into a small off-the-road studio on Morton Avenue just north of U.S. 40, you might drive right on by Scott Shafer’s pottery-making facility and store without even realizing you’d passed it. But you’d be doing yourself a huge disservice. With beautiful handmade stoneware and pottery for sale, this shop is definitely worth a stop and a look around.
With more than 30 years of experience, Scott Shafer knows his stuff when it comes to stoneware. A Knightstown native, Scott’s passion for pottery began back in high school. After an apprenticeship inColoradowithEarlhamCollegegraduate David Blakeslee, he eventually settled intoWayneCounty, where he’s been pursuing his passion full-time since 1979.
Scott’s enthusiasm for his work is obvious, and he’s happy to show interested visitors around his studio and kilns, telling stories with a twinkle in his eye. Items for sale in the small shop range from large decorative wood-fired pots, bowls and vases to everyday-appropriate plates, coffee mugs and soup bowls. The colors of each item are vibrant and distinctive, and each hand-thrown piece is unique in its own way. Scott personally constructed the on-site gas and wood-fired kilns he uses to create his wares.
Functional as well as attractive, each piece Scott offers is safe to go in the microwave, oven and dishwasher, and all the glazes he uses are lead-free. Can’t find exactly what you want? No worries – Scott can create custom-designed pieces, such as the pretty green polka dotted-pattern he devised for Marcia Hoyt’s table service at the historic Lantz House Inn just around the corner inCenterville.
If you’re in the market for locally made, one-of-a-kind pottery and stoneware pieces, you owe it to yourself to pay Scott Shafer a visit.
Scott Shafer’s Stoneware Pottery Studio is located at610 N. Morton Ave.inCenterville. For more information, call 765.855.2409 or visit shaferstonewarepottery.com.