Finger Lakes Pottery Tour, Pottery, Ceramics, Clay, Art, Finger Lakes, Ithaca, Stacey Esslinger
Finger Lakes Pottery Tour, Pottery, Ceramics, Clay, Art, Finger Lakes, Ithaca, Stacey Esslinger

   ​The​ ​first​ ​thing​ ​I​ ​did​ ​after​ ​graduating​ ​from​ ​the​ ​New​ ​York​ ​State​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Ceramics​ ​at​ ​Alfred University​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Bachelor's​ ​in​ ​Fine​ ​Arts​ ​was​ ​to​ ​buy​ ​a​ ​slab​ ​roller.​ ​​ ​A​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​is​ ​like​ ​a​ ​large pasta​ ​machine​ ​for​ ​clay,​ ​mine​ ​is​ ​about​ ​6​ ​feet​ ​long,​ ​3​ ​feet​ ​wide,​ ​and​ ​extremely​ ​heavy.​ ​​ ​The​ ​next thing​ ​I​ ​did​ ​was​ ​move​ ​back​ ​to​ ​rural​ ​New​ ​Hampshire,​ ​where​ ​I​ ​grew​ ​up,​ ​and​ ​built​ ​a​ ​studio​ ​around my​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​in​ ​my​ ​parents'​ ​barn.​ ​​A​ ​year​ ​later​ ​my​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​and​ ​I​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​Woodstock​ ​NY where​ ​I​ ​was​ ​a​ ​resident​ ​artist​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Byrdcliffe​ ​Arts​ ​Colony.​ ​​ ​In​ ​2006​ ​we​ ​moved​ ​from​ ​Woodstock to​ ​Toledo​ ​Ohio.​ ​​ ​We​ ​had​ ​a​ ​studio​ ​in​ ​a​ ​tiny​ ​house​ ​we​ ​rented​ ​and​ ​made​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​pots​ ​to​ ​sell​ ​at​ ​art and​ ​craft​ ​shows.​ ​​ ​

 

Two​ ​years​ ​in​ ​flat​ ​Toledo​ ​was​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​tempt​ ​us​ ​back​ ​to​ ​Western​ ​New​ ​York. We​ ​settled​ ​in​ ​Corning,​ ​just​ ​south​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Finger​ ​Lakes,​ ​which​ ​my​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​has​ ​never​ ​seen,​ ​but​ ​I enjoy​ ​exploring​ ​with​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​my​ ​family.​ ​​ ​In​ ​2012​ ​I​ ​became​ ​a​ ​member​ ​at​ ​Handwork,​ ​Ithaca's Artist​ ​Cooperative​ ​where​ ​I​ ​enjoy​ ​selling​ ​my​ ​work.​ ​​ ​I​ ​also​ ​enjoy​ ​traveling​ ​around​ ​the​ ​Finger​ ​Lakes selling​ ​the​ ​pottery​ ​my​ ​slab​ ​roller​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​made​ ​at​ ​art​ ​and​ ​craft​ ​shows. 

Finger Lakes Pottery Tour, Pottery, Ceramics, Clay, Art, Finger Lakes, Ithaca,  Stacey Esslinger
Finger Lakes Pottery Tour, Pottery, Ceramics, Clay, Art, Finger Lakes, Ithaca, Stacey Esslinger