I first started working with clay in high school where I met one of my most influential teachers, Mrs. Dekoch. She is why I am still working with clay today! I am now studying mechanical engineering at UW-Madison and had not had time for ceramic classes and so I am beyond thankful for Dongzhu Pottery Studio. The studio has brought back many memories and given me one of my favorite past times back.
Studio Designer and Photographer
Ben came to Madison for the education and stayed for the many other reasons that make this city the place that it is. Beyond the (endless) pursuit of crafting the perfect coffee mug, he enjoys designing, biking, and seeking out the hoppiest IPAs in town. Want to know what he sees in Madison? Check his Instagram @temperabental for an ongoing love letter to the community.
Phil received his B.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and his M.F.A. from the U.W. Madison. He's been teaching art at his alma mater, Madison West High for the past 17 years. In addition to working in clay, he paints murals, renovates houses and performs with several Madison area bands.