Kentucky Tourism

Bliznick, Bill & Renee — It's a Jungle Clayworks

Hartford, KY


clay animal sculpture containers

Bill Bliznick is a self taught potter who first learned to throw clay at Fort Campbell army base in Kentucky. Bill is retired from the Army and is also a retired millwright. Renee is an artist and a retired art teacher who met Bill in 1999 at a craft fair, where she was drawing portraits. Six months later, they were married and have been working together in clay ever since.


When Bill and Renee decided to work together in clay, they knew they wanted to stay with functional pieces that have a sense of humor. To create their animals, they start with wheel thrown shapes that they assemble and alter to create animals. They make many different animals, and each piece is unique. Their animals may be similar, but there are no “identical twins.”


Bill and Renee use both stoneware and low fire clays. All of their glazes are lead free and food safe. They like to think of all of their animal jars and other pieces as functional as well as fun to have. They feel you should have something that makes you smile in every room of your house.



Paul’s work can be found at Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; the Kentucky Crafted: The Market. show in Louisville.