About Cedar Key Pottery • Cedar Key, Florida

Located just 5 miles from Cedar Key at 13951 SW 77th Place • MAP

Mail to: PO Box 975 • Cedar Key, FL 32625

352-543-9165 • e-mail: amyjojones4@gmail.com


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Cedar Key Pottery:

Henry Kendall Gernhardt has a long history of making pottery, staring in 1939 at the age of six; Henry won a gold key first prize in the National Scholastic Awards in 1948-1949, while a student at Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT.

Thus began a long career and he is still active today at Cedar Key Pottery. Teaching comes naturally-after studying at RIT School for American Craftsmen under Franz Wildenhain, He was awarded a Fulbright to Arabia Corporation in Finland and a Ford Grant to Japan. Henry taught at Brookfield Craft Center, Haystack School of Crafts and was Professor of Art at Syracuse University for 35 years, and Ceramics Department head for 30 years. He taught workshops including kiln building and Raku during this period.

The National Ceramic Show at the Everson Museum included Henry as participant more than any other ceramist. Internationally collected, Henry's signature piece, the Blue Bowl is featured in a Ceramics Monthly advertisement of the Chameleon Gallery in Cazenovia, N.Y.

New work is continually being introduced. The most recent The Wave Series is currently on display at the Garden of Goods in Hobe Sound, Florida. The combination of utilitarian art and larger, more abstract pieces is a hallmark of Henry's style. That is why he is able to continue doing what he loves to do all of his life.

At Cedar Key Pottery, finely crafted pottery is created and sold at a reasonable price. For further study, publications referencing Henry K Gernhardt include Who's Who in American Art, 2007-2008. A Google search will display work both new and emerging.

Henry Kendall Gernhardt Bio:

Education: Norwich Art School, Rochester Institute of Technology; B.S.; Syracuse University, M.F.A. Grants: Fulbright to Finland; Ford Grant to Japan; Syracuse University Research Grant; Raku Studies

Teaching Experience: Brookfield Craft Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, School for American Craftsmen, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University

Associations: Advisor to New York State Fair Arts Competition, Consultant to Dorothy Hood for Works in Clay, 28th Ceramic National, WCNY-TV Art Auction, Syracuse Metropolitan Development Association, New York State Craftsmen.

Exhibitions: Ceramic National, Wichita Decorative Arts Show, Hartford Fine Arts, Craftsmen USA, Alfred, SUNY, Universities including South Dakota, Maine, SC, Vermont, Hamilton, St Lawrence; also Rockefeller Arts Center.

Publications: New Ceramics An international survey of Ceramic works. One of 31 American artists included. Eileen Lowenstein and Emmanuel Cooper, authors; Van Norstrand Reinhold; publisher American Ceramics Survey of American Ceramics; Barbara Perry editor; Rizzoli, NYC; publisher RAKU Comprehensive survey of the Raku process and Artists, Tyler and Hirsch; authors; Watson Guptill; publisher Who's Who in American Art A directory of important artists art collectors, museum directors and art critics. Marquis Publishing 1988 & 2007-2008 Perfect Pots An international exhibition and accompanying publication of the best pots created in the past 90 years. Henry's blue bowl was included. Ulysses Dietz, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ 2005

Endorsement: "We have shown Henry Gernhardt's work in several major exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts. I consider him a dedicated artist/potter whose work takes a strong sculptural direction. I am always impressed with people who are able to create a personal statement in contrast to quality production of useful objects as well."

Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus
The Museum of Contemporary Crafts
American Crafts Council

Amy - Artist Statement:

I am an apprentice to my husband, Henry Gernhardt. All ideas for production pieces are mine, and I make all the clay and glazes which I use. The nesting bowls are dishwasher safe and oven proof. However, do not preheat your oven. Microwave is fine. Colors are available from cone 9 glazes. Stoneware with iron clay body. The mugs are hand thrown, and I do commission work which uses your name or logo on the mug. Commission work requires one month turn around time, and a minimum order is required. Teapots are available as a set with cream pitcher and sugar bowl or mugs. I also make custom tiles.