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Stephanie O'Shaughnessy
The Pottery
202 S West St
Galena, Illinois 61036

I grew up on the east coast in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a block and a half from the ocean. I knew nothing of pots or potters until I moved to Galena, Illinois, in the late 60’s. While I worked at The Galena Gazette, I was assigned to research the potteries which had flourished in the upper Mississippi valley in the 1850’s, and a new possibility beckoned. For the next 40+ years I explored local clay, attended workshops, participated in kiln building, experimented with a variety of firing methods and continued to hone my skills while working with David Leach, Paul Soldner and others.

With clay, there are endless possibilities and endless mysteries to unravel! It is joy, surprise, risk, disappointment and struggle. It beckons us to grow, to explore, to play and offers meditative moments as we spin soft clay. Beyond any personal experience in the studio, there is great satisfaction in making an object to be used and enjoyed in the world; a favorite mug, a generous bowl or some exuberant or quiet vessel for home or garden.


  • Founding member of 20 Dirty Hands.

  • Former Studio Manager / Assistant to the Art Director at Adamah Art Studios in Dodgeville Wisconsin.  

  • Current Pottery instructor at the Galena ARC in Galena, Illinois. 


The Pottery*
Steph's Garage/Studio--Corner of Washington & West Street
Galena, IL 61036
*Self service / Open by chance or appointment

Outside the Lines Art Gallery
101 S Main St
Galena, IL 61036
(815) 776-9166

2023 Pottery TourS
October 13-15
Twenty Dirty Hands

Elizabeth & Galena, IL
Hazel Green, WI 
Dubuque, Asbury & Maquoketa, IA

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