Neighborhood Potters, Sandi Piertantozzi and Neil Patterson, have a long history as artists and teachers in and around Philadelphia, and have been leaders of the local art scene since moving from Old City to the Fairmount Ave Commercial Corridor in 2000.
Located at 2034 Fairmount Avenue, in their beautiful historically renovated studio and storefront, Sandi and Neil focus on making functional pottery that promotes connecting people on a basic human level. While their personal practices differ slightly - with Neil altering forms created on the potter’s wheel and Sandi creating hand-built forms that are either textured or decorated - both artists aim to aesthetically enrich simple daily activities, like having a cup of coffee, and ultimately add a little more beauty to the world by creating objects that inform our shared experiences.
Sandi and Neil also promote sustainability and community in their artistic and business practices. They recycle all the clay used in their studio and use wind generated electricity to fire their kilns. They were also the initial lead planners of the Fairmount Arts Crawl, a small business and local artist highlight along the Fairmount Ave Commercial Corridor since 2004.
We’re excited to have Neighborhood Potters as a Featured Business this holiday season. They’ll be offering SGCA members 5% off all jewelry and pottery, with the presentation of your membership card, through December!