Vivian Pyle

“I’ve been fascinated by ceramics since childhood.  I took my first ceramics class in Washington, D.C. at the Corcoran College of Art in 1989.  Later I studied for many years at the wonderful ceramics studio of the College of William and Mary under the tutelage of Marlene Jack”. 

Vivian’s passion for ceramics developed first as a hobby while she taught Russian language (at Colby College in Maine and at William and Mary in Virginia) and spent her energy volunteering on classical music opportunities for young people.  

When she moved from Virginia to New York in 2009, she pursue pottery full-time.  Her influences range from Chinese prehistoric pots to European 19th-century porcelain to mid-20th century ceramic design, the work of contemporary American ceramic artists and the wonders of nature.

About the pottery

Handmade plates, bowls, mugs, cups, teapots and serving pieces, wheel-thrown and hand-built, using a porcelain clay body.   Both bisque and glaze firings are done in an oxidation atmosphere in an electric kiln.    All glazes are food-safe. 

The pottery is meant to be used every day – it is dishwasher and microwave-safe.  It is also oven-safe if placed in the oven during pre-heating.