Studio give-away for a student

Terry Gess shared this opportunity from the NCECA newsletter (note that the studio is located in Arizona):


Former NCECA Board member, potter, and educator of 50 years, Joe Zeller has retired from education. Life changes and challenges are forcing him out of the studio. In honor of his wonderful teachers including Don Frith and Don Pilcher at University of Illinois and Val Cushing at Alfred University, Joe contacted NCECA recently to see how he could pay it forward. He is offering a complete studio free to a student ready and aspiring to be a potter. The studio includes:

24 cu ft gas updraft (built by Joe)
Burner system
Laguna ventilation hood
20 12x24x3/4 silicon carbide shelves
CXC Brent wheel
about 60 plaster bats
~600lbs of glaze materials and oxides
2 4'x8' sturdy work tables
Ohaus Solution balance scale w/ weight set
Ware racks
Wedging table
Miscellaneous resources: spray guns, air brushes, bat rings, mold boards, etc. Complete art fair set up including 10'x10' pop up tent and display shelving

Contact Joe at if you are a student ready to take on the adventure of setting up your own studio. The lucky recipient must not list and re-sell the studio and will be responsible to pick-up the studio contents in Tucson, Arizona and move them to their own location at their own expense.


RichardA said…
That is a great opportunity from a wonderful potter. He inspired me in the 1970s when I was first interested in ash glazing. Sorry to hear that life's vagaries have forced him from the studio.
John Britt said…
Me too..Zeller Ash...
Jonathan Kaplan said…
I had the wonderful opportunity to be Joe's student when he taught at the Cleveland Insitute of Art. He was an involved teacher, masterful potter and technician. I have been fortunate to stay in touch with him since then and admire his contributions to our field. He was my mentor and and am honored to be his friend. Not only do I respect him as a former student, but he also encouraged me to think about design as well as ceramic materials along with making work.
I was initially saddened to learn that he would not be making work any more. However, as I put some additional thought into this while Joe may not be actively involved in making objects, his appreciation, committment and the understanding of our field will not be lost.
A finally, what a wonderful way to pay it forward.........
Thank you Joe, for your 50 years as a potter, ceramic artist, educator. You have been a major force and influence to many.

Jonathan Kaplan
Plinth Gallery
Denver CO