About Us

Pragmatic Pottery came into being after both Abby and Mark realized that their shelves were slightly too full of pottery and they weren’t able to appreciate any of it. Each piece got lost in the piece next to it. We began Pragmatic Pottery to find each piece of pottery a new home where it will be used and valued. Each piece is listed as a single item with now variants because we believe in the individuality of each piece we make. While we repeat shapes and colors, each piece is handmade and, therefore, is completely unique

 

 

Mark Wilhelm

Mark is originally from Liberty, Kentucky; a small town about an hour south of Lexington, KY. He began his art career after breaking his left hand skateboarding. Not able to skate, he decided to paint. From there, he dabbled in many different mediums and continues to produce fine art paintings and sculptures. Pottery has been his main focus for the past three years and he displays at the Kobo gallery in Downtown Savannah, GA. Generally, Mark adds a focal point to a piece, such as a raw patch of clay or vibrant color to make each piece display on a shelf as if it were in a gallery. 

 

Abby Quirk-Royal

Abby is from Raleigh, North Carolina where she was first introduced to pottery in middle school. Abby has a BS from Centre College where she double majored in Mathematics and English with a Creative Writing minor. She worked at the Art Center of the Bluegrass after college where she was able to pick pottery back up. She and Mark attended a six-week pottery class together in 2017. She is primarily interested is how glazes interact and will often produce many different combinations before repeating any. Her signature comes from her middle name, Ruth, which is a family name on her mother’s side, and last name Royal, which is a family name on her dad’s side. 

 

Notes About the Process 

My interest in pottery grew as the number of plants I owned grew. Making them new homes became my passion project. Through these pots, I found the glazing process to be one of the most agonizing yet rewarding aspects of pottery. From there I began making new shapes to test the limits of glazing. I am still experimenting and I hope to eventually find a combination for every personality.

—Abby Quirk-Royal

 

When I make pottery, my goal is to elevate everyday-use items to pieces of art that function seamlessly and enrich the eating or drinking experience. The details matter and I spend a lot of time designing and then shaping each piece so that the overall silhouette is pleasing to the eye. However, hand-made pottery is about more than just looks! And that’s why, when I apply glaze to my pottery, I allow parts of it to remain raw. This gives your hands different textures to explore while using the item. This combination of shape and texture results in a very well thought out and satisfying daily use item that will last a lifetime. 

My hope is that people will enjoy using my pottery as much as I enjoy making it!

—Mark Wilhelm