Sparncht is a production pottery studio led by me, Michelle Sparnicht. I produce dinnerware, mugs, and home decor. My ware is made from durable, fine porcelain produced locally in Tacoma, Washington. I make all of my glazes custom and from scratch. My pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe, and lead free.
I began working with clay in 2000 at Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre, CA, and have taken a plethora of city college courses in ceramics in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Some of my educators include Richard McColl and Janet Lohr, two potters whom I admire immensely. I studied art history and anthropology at UC Berkeley, with a concentration in ancient art and archaeology. I'm very drawn to the materiality of human culture across time, and the magic of what is handmade.
What's in a name?
Sparnicht is my family name from my father. I don't speak German, but I understand that Sparnicht means spare not. It implies spendthrift, but my father likes to mention it means "you don't hold back". :)
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