About the Artist
Rock Bottom Farm is the name of the northern Michigan cherry farm where I was raised. It is in memory of this wonderful home that Rock Bottom Pottery takes it's name.
I graduated from Rocherter Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. There I studied under renowned ceramic artists, Richard Hirsch and Julia Galloway. I achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in ceramics. Not long after graduating I had the honor of having a series of crockery appear in the publication Ceramics in America, 2004, Robert Hunter, editor.
After school I relocated to Portland, Oregon. My studio is currently located in Portland's historic St. Johns neighborhood, a location that has inspired much of my work. I live there with my son Leroy.
It was while on my first Tour de Coop that I became inspired to try my hand at urban chicken farming. Soon after I came home with a box peeping with a half dozen chicks and all the paraphernalia to care of them. It was not long after that, the joy I felt for my hens began to inspire me as a functional potter.
Unimpressed with the selections of either plastic or metal feeders and waterers for sale and unhappy with how they worked, I soon set about creating colorful terra cotta pots for my hens.
It has been a joy to approach this topic of, for lack of a better term, Chickenware, to explore the nature of function and aesthetically pleasing pottery specifically for poultry. I've found, as with my past work that early colonial pottery constantly informs my decisions and inspires my form.
It gives me a great satisfaction and joy knowing that, for inspiration, I don't have to look much farther than my garden and the hens in my own backyard.
~ Lindsay Fryback