For Chad Dykstra, pottery began as just a hobby. He was introduced to the art by his father-in-law and started throwing back in 1992. It wasn’t until gentle prodding from his wife to start selling his creations in 2008 that he decided to turn his hobby into a way of life and the business now known as Up In Smoke Pottery.
Chad and his wife Kiesha work together on the pieces. He usually throws all of the pieces and his wife does the finishing and glazing. They do a few different types of pottery; Pit fire, foil saggar, paper saggar, obvara, and blackware are each beautiful in their own ways. Plus, these pieces really travel well. Up In Smoke Pottery has sold pieces all over the United States and Canada. They’ve also won awards for their work and have been nominated two years in a row to be a part of the Governor’s show.
Once a year, Chad and his wife open their house to welcome visitors to view their work. This Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, there will be an array of scrumptious tapas and treats, along with demo pieces and stoneware. Their creations are one-of-a-kind decorative pieces and they are usually only available at the festivals or galleries where they exhibit. Because they create pottery using ancient methods most of their pieces are not food safe nor will they hold water. However, they have had requests for Stoneware. Stoneware is a more functional and traditional type of ceramics and will only be available at the open house.
Pottery makes great gifts! Join the event and show your support for local artists! It’s never too late to participate in the joy that is the Sioux Falls art community.