Twice Baked Pottery, LLC
“My sister purchased some of your pieces today. . . . They are even more beautiful than we remembered from the show today. She is in my dining room right now completely freaking out on her purchases and told me to get on my computer and send you a thank you message.”
“We love shopping there to see all of the beautiful works of art. Always fun to pick out gifts for friends and family.”
“Visiting your store was a very nice experience, even the other customers were friendly! I love the products and will definitely return!”
These are just some of the nice things people are saying about Twice Baked Pottery. Ever since opening our store and studio to the public in 2015, we have had the pleasure of welcoming thousands of people to our shop in beautiful downtown Racine, Wisconsin. “Our store is a unique shopping experience — how often can you actually watch and see the very same items you are about to buy being made right in front of you?” Scott Obernberger, the potter, proprietor, and purveyor of Twice Baked Pottery, makes all of the functional pottery he sells right in the shop in front of his customers. “One of my goals was to give customers a chance to see how pottery is made. Whether it is throwing at the wheel, putting handles on mugs, glazing, or loading kilns, customers get to see all of the love and labor that goes into each and every piece that I make.”
Additionally, Scott says “. . . I am grateful to have my parents helping me in the store. Customers have gotten the chance to know what wonderful people Mom and Dad are as they are always there with a warm greeting, a friendly word, and a willingness to help everyone find that special piece of pottery that calls out to them.”
Family businesses are a rarity in our rapidly changing and fast-paced world. With so much business and socialization conducted over the impersonal internet, it is refreshing to walk into a small shop and be able to actually see and hold pieces of art as you decide what is the perfect piece to come home with you. At Twice Baked Pottery we are trying to return the personal touch to everyone’s shopping experience and bring back memories of a simpler time — when people greeted each other warmly, service was a priority, and you knew not just where something was made, but the person who actually made it.
Scott has been working with clay for more than ten years. Initially just a hobby to escape from the grind of the "day job", Scott has found his calling and is enjoying the next chapter of life -- transforming what was a hobby into a profession.
Having practiced law for more than 18 years, the transition to potter may appear anything other than a natural fit. "My focus for the first half of my life had always been in areas where I used my analytical skills -- from being a Politics major at The Catholic University of America to representing thousands of clients in court and running my own litigation practice in Milwaukee. Taking up pottery as a hobbyist was an incredible change in how I both thought and saw the world. Art opens your mind and lets you see things that we miss in everyday life. Art creates possibilities we don't always see or that we take for granted."
Thanks to the encouragement of family and friends, Scott began taking classes at both local pottery studios and in North Carolina at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
Constantly expanding his repertoire in clay, Scott looks forward to taking additional classes and learning new techniques. "There is so much more that I want to accomplish in clay. It is an art form that allows for constant change and experimentation. It is the artistic marriage of control and chaos -- you never know what you'll have till it's done. I don't know yet where this journey will take me, but I am excited to find out."
While keeping up a very active show schedule, Scott maintains his studio and art gallery in beautiful downtown Racine, Wisconsin, and has taught pottery at the Racine Art Museum.
Our mission will always be to provide high quality pottery at a reasonable price. Pottery was meant to be used and enjoyed. It is meant to be functional art, not just to be placed on a shelf, but on your table -- a tool for you to use when breaking bread with friends or enjoying quiet time curled up with a good book and a mug of coffee, hot cocoa, or tea. Pottery is meant to enhance, not take over.
Stores That Carry Twice Baked Pottery
Faith and Giggles, Hartford WI McCord Gallery, Palos Park, IL
Mocha Lisa, Racine WI Mabel’s Market, Lemont, IL
Sheepish, Racine WI