Valerie McCoy

Functional Pottery for Everyday Use

While a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the 1960’s, I took a one-semester class in ceramics. I graduated with a BS degree in English/Education, married, and moved around the country (living on six National Wildlife Refuges).


Bill and I raised two sons, settled outside of Oakland City, and I retired. It was then that I was finally able to pursue my interest in pottery, something that had been in the back of my mind for more than 40 years.


Pottery is a link to the past as well as to the future. It’s exciting, and very satisfying, to work with clay, to create pieces that are not only beautiful, but also useful. Shaping a ball of clay into a vessel on the potter’s wheel is the most peaceful thing I know.