Tyler & Anna Bier Stoneware
Being the son of two potters, Tyler Bier became interested in pottery at a young age. Having the equipment available, such as the potter’s wheel and the slab roller, Tyler was able to experiment with clay. He began selling his handmade piggy banks, a tradition passed on to him by his grandfather, at the age of 13.
Over a decade later, Tyler & Anna have created a body of work that is both functional and sculptural. Using a white stoneware clay, Anna creates slab-built canisters and decorative guitar sculptures while Tyler ‘throws’ lumps of clay on the potter’s wheel creating pots distinctive of his remarkable style. After many trials and errors, Tyler has developed unique glazes that are airbrushed in many layers on every piece. The pieces get loaded into a kiln and fired up to 2375 F. With the unpredictable nature of his glazes, each new firing is a mystery until it is ready to unload. Several factors play into a final product, such as how thick the glaze is applied, how hot it gets in the kiln, and also how long certain temperatures are held at in the kiln.
Being aware of the challenges as well as the surprising results the process of making pots has to offer, Tyler & Anna stay intrigued as well as pleased to make their sole living off of their work.