Master Potter

Master Potter

James West was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His large family includes musicians, actors, painters, photographers, jewelers, and potters. He apprenticed and later worked in the pottery studio of Robert Brodsky and studied Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico 1989-1992. In the 1990s he worked in New Hampshire as a thrower in a large stoneware pottery studio firing with salt. James designs and throws our collection while managing overall production for Hanselmann Pottery.

Fireman

Fireman

Luke Parker was born in Minneapolis Minnesota to a family of misguided Laplanders. He spent most of his early life in the Dakotas and the Northwest before moving to New Mexico. He has studied, traveled, taken a degree, worked in disparate vocations and intervals and now fires the kilns, procures minerals, tests glazes, and assists with sales and marketing at Hanselmann Pottery. 

Studio Manager

Studio Manager

Esther Fredrickson is an accomplished classical flutist, but also loves directing her creative energies towards other endeavors, such as ceramics, and the adobe home she is building with her husband. At the pottery, Esther manages the office, packs and processes orders, maintains this website, waxes and glazes bisqueware, loads kilns, and manages social media marketing.

Proprietress

Proprietress

Rachel Reynolds was born in Taos, New Mexico. She spent the majority of her early childhood in the Black Hills of South Dakota before traveling throughout Mexico, Central America, and the West Coast. She found, in the course of her travels, that crafting by hand is a tradition worth preserving. Her decision to invest in Hanselmann Pottery made the notion real. 

IT Manager

IT Manager

Michael Kontur first tinkered with computers at the age of 4 in Albuquerque, NM. After earning his first IT certification when he was 14, he has maintained networks of various size and shape, but prefers to work with the small business run by local craftsmen (and women) at Hanselmann Pottery.

Graphic Designer & Photographer

Graphic Designer & Photographer

Melissa Agate was born & raised on the Southern Coast of Australia. She takes care of all of our Graphic Design, Branding and Product Photography. Outside of Hanselmann Pottery Melissa is a Freelance Graphic Designer & Photographer, Visual Artist & Musician. She also likes to ride bicycles, observe (obsessively) cloud formations and explore nature.