105 Kittanning St.
Smicksburg, PA 16256-0150
1. Take Rt 954 North for 6 miles to Smicksburg.
2. Brick building on the left - sign in front.
Betty has owned and operated the gallery of Smicksburg Pottery since 1996. It is located, along with other shops, in the heart of Smicksburg. Besides her own pottery, she markets the work of many local, regional and national craftsmen. You will find that everything sold at the Pottery is made in the USA.
Betty salt glazes her pottery. She uses flame, kiln atmosphere, and salt or soda as the elements that intimately intermingle with her pots to give them the warm rich colors and surface she desires. Her pots become the canvas. Her studio and gardens are situated behind the gallery.
Ten years out of high school and a single mother, Betty decided to go to college to do what she always wanted to do; study art. That was in 1980 at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. Her first pottery class got her hooked. She has since earned a degree in fibers from Edinboro Uninversity in Edinboro, PA and completed graduate courses in ceramics at IUP.
In the past, Betty has taught ceramics at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and IUP's Continuing Ed. She has given numerous demonstrations and workshops over the years, the most recent at Hibbing Community College in Hibbing, Minnesota.
Betty has been an active member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh since 1986 and is serving as a juror this year.
She opened Smicksburg Pottery in 1996 and has since represented some of the areas finest potters and artisans.
I love the natural, earthy look of salt and wood fired pottery.
The surface becomes rich with subtle color flashes brought on by
the flow of flame. It always invites one to touch, turn and examine,
to use and enjoy. Pottery enriches my life right down to the daily
ritual of morning coffee. By all the Oh's, Ah's and smiles from
others, I see it enriches their lives, too."