Turtleware Pottery
by Susan Rodehaver 
About the Artist

Turtleware Pottery was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the mid 1970's after attending Kalamazoo Community College under the tutelage of Drew Krouse.  The name "Turtleware" comes from the original turtles that were made from Lake Michigan stones and were sold to help pay for my schooling.  After about thirteen years of dormancy, my pottery tools were brought out of storage in 1996 in Jacksonville, Florida, and once again my pottery wheel began to turn.  Since relocating to Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2004, I have taken classes from Louis Snyder at Studio S to widen my horizons and strengthen my abilities.  I get my love for painting from my mother who is an accomplished and prolific painter and I incorporate painting into many of my pieces.  Making pottery and painting are my passions.  I feel that a piece of pottery is something that should be used regularly in order to be enjoyed to its fullest.  I hope you will enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy creating them.  

Handpainting my pottery has always made my pieces distinct and different.  The handpainted pieces complement the wide variety of glazes that I use.



Here I am in my studio putting the finishing touches on another handpainted bowl.  A finishing glaze is then applied over the hand painted design.  All my pottery is lead-free and food safe.  Also, they are microwave, dishwasher, and oven-safe. 




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