Welcome to friedfired pottery!
My name is Toby Fried. I graduated with a degree in art from Morehead and was lucky enough to teach art until budget cuts sent my career in a different direction. Dealing with middle school students left little energy for perfecting my craft. Now, after a thirty year detour, I am a full time potter again.
Most of my pottery is stoneware and fired in my home studio. I am starting to make more functional ware, especially pottery to be used at meal time. My pottery of late has been devoted to creating beautiful canister sets, serving dishes, and bake ware. I use pottery every day, from my favorite mug or bowl, to the covered casserole I take from the oven, and I take great pleasure sharing that joy with others.
My ‘signature piece’ will always be the lidded jar. Making a well fitted lid gives me a wonderful sense of accomplishment and allows me one of my favorite pastimes…looking for the perfect knob! I use wood, rocks and minerals, fossils, seashells, and once a petrified horse tooth.
I do raku in a homemade kiln, mostly horsehair, and I woodfire when possible at Maple Creek Artisan Center. I also do some sculptural work. One of my horses will be on display in Augusta this April for “Equine on Main’, and an example of my dog canisters can be seen on my etsy site.
Most of my work is either displayed at the Ohio River Valley Art Guild (ORVAG) in Old Washington or in my home studio. Both are open by appointment only. I also have pottery in The Augusta Art Guild and Maple Creek Artisan Center in Moscow, Ohio. I continually add to my store on my etsy site as well.
The first Saturday of June I display the best of my winter work at “Art in the Garden” in Augusta. I also will be setting up in June at “Maysville Uncorked” and “Art in the Park” in Bellevue, Kentucky in September.
This July I will be displaying pottery in a four women show for the Augusta Art Guild in the guild gallery.
I have won Best of Fine Craft at Bellevue, Best in Sculpture at Morehead on two occasions, and numerous ribbons for my work.
Thanks for visiting friedfired pottery, and feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.