If you’re looking for a way to put the “fun” in “functional stoneware”, then you need to check out Claymonster Pottery. Cathy Audette Holt and Richard Holt have been making pottery with personality since 1998, molding and painting whimsical designs into clay mugs, teapots, plates, bowls and more. As the name suggests their monster vessels are their best known, with three-dimensional creatures furrowing their brow or staring expectantly from the side of your mug or cookie jar – or maybe even peeking out from the lip.
These creature features are always endearing and will brighten up any countertop or dining room table. But don’t let the bulging eyes fool you – Cathy and Richard are expert craftsmen, and teach ceramics at the Columbia Arts Center and Towson University, respectively, when not working on their latest creations. Their more traditional designs are a sight to behold as well, with unique textures and patterns that add character to your home. Check out some of their incredible work online, and then see it in person at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!