About Me

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About Me

Pragmatic Pottery came into being after Abby 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. I 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 no variants because we believe in the individuality of each piece we make. While we repeat shapes and colors, but each piece is handmade and, therefore, is completely unique



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