Richardson is the founder, artist and designer of
the entire Windy Meadows Pottery Ltd ® line. Jan's interest
in American architecture and fascination with the diversities
and personalities found in charming old buildings lead her
to create her first clay cottage in 1977 at the kitchen table
in her Knoxville, Maryland farmhouse.
The clay houses are built from the ground
up using slab stoneware. Based on her own formula, Jan developed
a color process using natural and colored stoneware and porcelain
clay to produce the special "warmth", a trademark
of Jan's cottages and candlehouses. The fine detailing is
unique to a Windy Meadows Pottery cottage in that each shingle,
vine, flower or lattice is applied individually. Jan's private
collection candlehouses are quite elaborate with as many as
600 individual pieces applied by hand. All of the Windy Meadows
Pottery collections are individually hand-constructed…molds
are never used!
More than thirty years have passed since Jan began showing her candlehouses
and cottages at local art festivals. Jan's studio
has produced hundreds of thousands of cottages and candlehouses
over the years including more than 400 different private collection candle house limited edition designs as well as a number of one of a kind Candle
houses. Jan Richardson's whimsical creations have captured
the hearts of many and have become recognized by collectors
Since Jan's move to Washington State in 2006, new work is being developed and each and every piece is personally created by Jan. The new studio is within the sound of the Pacific Ocean surf. The Maryland kilns have been dismantled and the look of the new work is slightly different as the pieces are being fired in an electric kiln. The Windy Meadows Pottery houses will have the same delightful whimsical feeling and there will be more to come. Keep watching!