Hi, my name is Ryan Durbin. I am the owner and maker for RD Ceramics. I began my exploration into creating functional pottery in 2007 during high school in Louisville, KY. I am a full-time website developer in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, but always have enjoyed focusing on creating practical & functional artwork in my spare time.
I have continued to improve and experiment within the clay medium ever since my start in 2007 by learning at various local clay studios and studying ceramics at Northern Kentucky University as an undergrad. After learning and experimenting with various techniques in hand-building, wheel-throwing, and firing methods from multiple mentors, I decided it was time to start selling my artwork in 2015 so others can enjoy and appreciate these unique pieces for years to come.
My work is designed to be simple, lightweight, comfortable, and appealing to the eye with my various selection of colorful glazes. I enjoy making everyday dishes, such as mugs, cups, bowls, oil bottles, and spoon rests. My pottery is primarily wheel-thrown, created with white or speckled stoneware clay, and is all food, dishwasher, & microwave safe. I fire my work in an electric kiln to cone 6 (around 2232 degrees Fahrenheit) in an oxidation atmosphere. I also co-host a podcast with my friend Becca Otis called Wheel Talk where we discuss life as a potter, small business owner, and interview other creative peers who are also growing their small businesses.