New York Stoneware was established in 2013 by William Reardon in Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in New York City, William studied architecture and ceramics at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and graduated with a BFA in 2007. He studied wheel throwing under Charlie Jahn and while earning his degree worked for Chicago ceramicist Bryan Kerrigan as Studio Assistant working on large-scale architectural ceramic tile. In late 2012 William found a Brooklyn pottery and started to produce work under his own name.
Inspired by the craft of pottery making and the simplicity and subtlety of objects made repeatedly by skilled craftspeople William aims to make simple, functional pottery. He makes pottery inspired by classic forms and aims to achieve an understated elegance through the act of repeating and refining the forms with which he works. With an eye toward simple gestures, purposeful forms and an appreciation of honest craftsmanship William makes functional objects of charm and subtlety.
"I want to make pottery that can be incorporated into people’s everyday lives - hoping that in doing so individuals come to appreciate the spontaneity and beautiful variation of the handmade object.” He adds, “At the same time these aren’t precious objects and I hope that with continued use they create their own significance for the user.”