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Barchmann, Carsten — Stone Fence Pottery

Nicholasville, KY

Products

stoneware, functional pottery

Gustave Frederick (Fritz) Wolff studied at Northland College and at the University of Wisconsin and apprenticed under ceramicist Robert Eckels. In 1970, he started his own business - The Wimbledon Collection and Stone Fence. Fritz’s past work has included porcelain dolls, glass and steel work, and various table top accessories. Now in semi-retirement, he concentrates on hand-thrown stoneware.

 Carsten Barchmann was born in the small East German village of Puschwitz. For generations his family have been potters (since 1729) in the same village.  In 2006 Carsten came to the US to advance his skills under Fritz Wolff. Since then, he has worked directly with Mr. Wolff to blend his own European skills with contemporary American techniques.

All of the pieces Fritz Wolff and Carsten Barchmann make are hand-thrown on a potters’ wheel, glazed, and fired in a gas kiln at cone 10. Fritz and Carsten place great emphasis on high quality work with good design and function.

Stone Fence Pottery can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea in Berea, KY.