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Hanselmann Pottery Preserves Ceramics Tradition With Hand-Crafted, Custom Pieces For The Home

By Kelly Church

Hanselmann Pottery is a Corrales, NM ceramics studio, with in-house potters that hand craft stoneware for the home. It's been a part of the Corrales community since 1970, originally owned by a husband and wife duo. The studio has since changed hands several times and is now owned by Luke Parker and Rachel Reynolds.

Parker, a Minneapolis native, specializes in kilns, minerals, tests glazes, and assists with sales and marketing. Reynolds, from Taos, NM, spent years travelling through the U.S. and Mexico, and found a passion for preserving, something she satisfies through Hanselmann Pottery.

"Being a professional potter takes an enormous amount of skill and practice," Esther Fredrickson, Studio Manager, said. "Many people take a pottery class for fun, and they can all relate to how extremely difficult it is to make the same object twice. It takes years of experience to reach the point where a potter can produce the same shape time and time again, and we're lucky enough to have just that person."

Fredrickson talked about James West, the lead potter at Hanselmann Pottery. West is a native to Santa Fe, NM and comes from a family of artists and creative minds. After studying pottery at the University of New Mexico, he worked in New Hampshire as a thrower in a pottery studio that utilized firing with salt. He is responsible for the designing collections at the studio and managing overall production.

"We adore the fact that our bowls, cups and plates we made here leave our workshop and become a part of our customers' daily lives," Fredrickson said. "Our customers represent a wide range of people, from new homeowners, to wedding registry recipients, to people who are just looking for their one favorite mug."

Everything is made by hand at Hanselmann Pottery, a skill that takes years of practice to master. Ceramics are made from scratch once the customer's order is placed. Fredrickson said the entire process takes three to six weeks from start to finish. If what a customer is looking for isn't immediately available, the team is willing and able to create it from scratch in the studio.

The Hanselmann Pottery studio gallery is open to the public and just a 30-minute drive from downtown Albuquerque. The studio is open every day of the week for guests to see a working pottery studio, shop and place custom orders. To make a special pottery request, visit hanselmannpoterry.com.

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