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monte Young
2841 S. State Rd. 162
Jasper, IN 47546

My name is Monte Young and I was introduced to pottery making at 13 and now, over 40 years later, I’m still in love with the process, the product, and the use of handmade pottery in my day to day life. After graduating from college in 1984 my close friend Kent Henderson (Galena Clayworks) and I moved to Galena and started making pots on a daily basis. Over the last 30+ years I moved my studio throughout 5 states in the Midwest, finally settling down in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana in the town of Jasper in order to live close to our 6 grandchildren where my wife and I built our “forever home and studio”.

The intention of my pottery is to make well-made traditional forms for daily use which function well and feel good in the user’s hands. I want my work to offer rich earthy tones which I hope to achieve through minimal slips and glazes which we fire in our cross draft wood kiln.

Hope you like them, Monte.


519 4th Street
Galena, Illinois 61036
(512) 971-2289

I met my husband Richard Hess (who is a member of 20 Dirty Hands) 32 years ago in Ithaca, NY. I went to shows with him and when asked if I was an artist, I always said no, I was his technical support person…not an artist. Richard was a willing and good teacher and taught me the basics of hand building and we enjoyed being in the studio together. During our 20 years in Austin, Texas we had a teaching studio, and it was during that time that I started a clay group with three of his students.  We did shows and enjoyed the time we spent working with clay. Richard and I also taught pottery to many, many groups of Girl Scouts and Brownies while we were in Texas.


We moved to Galena, Illinois in 2014, set up our pottery studio and once again, I have had fun spending time experimenting with clay. I started making my little houses and have had fun with the shapes and the surprises that come from raku firings. The clay is extruded, and each house is shaped by hand. The house form is intriguing, and the finished product always makes me smile.

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