Kentucky Tourism

Zoeller, Mike — Lee Pottery

New Haven, KY


functional pottery

Mike Zoeller is a studio potter who lives in the area of Kentucky called the “Knobs,” an area is between the Mississippi Plateau and the Bluegrass  noted for its rounded hills and broad fertile valleys.


As a studio potter, Mike Zoeller  specializes in functional stoneware that is durable and useful in the kitchen and home. He fires his work to over 2350 degrees Fahrenheit and uses matte glazes decorated with multiple colors and patterns. His pottery is influenced by the rural farming region where he has built his home and studio and where he and his wife raise goats, chickens and most of their own food.


Mike is a native of Kentucky and has a degree in economics and business from Bellarmine University. After serving time in the Army, Mike returned to college, and received a BA in art from the Louisville School of Art, and his MA degree from Kansas University. He returned to Kentucky in 1976 and set up his studio. Mike is a member and past president of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

Mike’s work can also be found at Appalachian Fireside Gallery in Berea, and at the gift shop of the Abby of Gethsemani, Nelson County; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, True Kentucky, Glendale, Bardstown booksellers, Bardstown, KY.