Saltstone Ceramics is a professional production ceramic art and pottery studio in Northwest Seattle offering group classes, private instruction, and studio rental.
Started in 2015, Saltstone Ceramics is the home studio and creative enterprise of Sarah Steininger Leroux. Sarah has a bachelor’s of arts degree in ceramics and sculpture from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, and a masters of fine arts degree in organizational leadership from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. Sarah has a varied background in art and nonprofit work – working in two production ceramic studios, as an art center teacher, starting a small clothing design company, collaborating on a small arts fundraising organization, and working as a manager and director at several Seattle-area nonprofits for over fifteen years.
In 2015, Sarah took the plunge and left her day job at a local nonprofit to start Saltstone Ceramics. She offers group classes, private instruction and workshops for all levels; and studio rental for people with a basic working knowledge of the ceramic process who are interested in pursuing their craft outside of the classroom setting. Sarah teaches the Monday and Thursday evening classes and the Wednesday morning class as well as the workshops and children's classes.
MacGregor Boswell is new to Saltstone Ceramics as of Summer 2017. MacGregor studied ceramics at the University of Washington making traditional functional stoneware using a variety of firing techniques. He has lived here in the Northwest his whole life, but has derived inspiration from his extensive international travels. MacGregor teaches the Tuesday evening class.
In 2016, Natasha Alphonse started teaching at Saltstone Ceramics. Natasha Alphonse is First Nations Canadian, coming from Northern Saskatchewan and runs her own ceramic studio in Seattle, Washington. She studied Drawing and ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design located in Alberta, Canada and then went to Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Natasha makes objects that are inspired by nature and welcome beauty into your everyday; creating details for carefully considered living. Travel and exploration are important for cultivating fresh creative ideas, as she has done Artist residencies in Finland, The Banff Center for the Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Summit Mountain. Natasha teaches workshops with Sarah.