Helen & Allen Weichman / Groundhog Blues Pottery
pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Reeders, PA
Whether you’re looking for decorative or functional stoneware, the work of Helen and Allen Weichman is one of a kind. With more than 90 years of combined experience, the two opened Groundhog Blues Pottery in 1973 have been producing beautiful ceramics by hand ever since. Helen instills her love of animals into her work, producing a number of collections themed for cute critters such as their “Man’s Best Friend” line. Allen hand throws each of his pieces, creating sculptural aspects on items where, in his words, you “can almost smell the earth”.
From plates to soup tureens, from reclining cats to punch bowls, every dish and sculpture from Groundhog Blues is made to order using throwing and firing techniques that are perfect for the specific item. Add in stunning glazes and patterns, and their pieces will look perfect on your dining room table or bookshelf. Both Helen and Allen are regular demonstrating artists at Sugarloaf, offering enthusiasts a chance to see masterful wheel-thrown pottery at work. Make sure to come see them in action!