handmade fine pottery for the modern home & garden

about jd

About me

A professional potter for more than a decade, I am dedicated to exploring the best in modern design. I draw inspiration from a variety of sources, ranging from ancient Asian ceramics to the American Arts and Crafts movement and mid-century modernism. Each piece is created with the simple idea that it be pleasing to the eye and enjoyable to make.

I received my bachelor of arts in English literature in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. During my last semester, I took a pottery class with Karl Borgeson, who was taught by Warren McKenzie of the Minnesota pottery tradition.

I continued to take classes and work as a pottery studio technician at the university until I moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1997. In Louisiana, I cofounded a 15-member artists’ cooperative, Studio 801. I also became the head potter for Burts Cason Inc., a pottery design firm specializing in interior design.

When I moved to Louisville in 2002, I created Schall Studio & Design, which features wheel-thrown ceramic lamps, dinnerware and, most recently, pieces for the garden. I primarily sell directly to home decor boutiques and interior designers, but I also do a few select retail art shows. My pottery has been featured in Elle Decor, Domino, Home and Southern Accent magazines.