Bronna Zlochiver - The Village Potter
It's All About the Clay
If you are looking for a beautiful mug, bowl, or other piece of functional pottery for everyday use, you need to check out the pottery of Bronna Zlochiver, also known as the Village Potter.
As a full-time production potter, Bronna creates a collection of mugs, bowls, soap dishes, sponge holders, pourers, berry bowls, batter bowls, maple syrup pourers, plates, and platters.
You can buy her affordable pottery locally in the Wellness Department of the Brattleboro Food Co-op; the Grafton Village Cheese Company store at the Retreat Farm; Hidden Springs Maple in Putney, VT; The Gallery at the Vault in Springfield, VT; and the Dutton Farm Stand on Rte 9 in Brattleboro. She also sells her work at the annual Home for the Holidays Craft Fair sponsored by the Vernon (VT) Recreation Department, the annual Mums & More Sale sponsored by the Vernon Historians, and the Vernon Community Market put on by the Vernon Recreation Department from May to September.
You are welcome to visit her at her studio, phone 802-579-1567 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
Bronna’s passion for making pottery started with her first ceramics class in college in 1969. She loved working with clay so much that, after graduating and moving to San Antonio, TX, she began taking classes at the San Antonio Art Institute (SAAI) at night while teaching third grade during the day. After a year, Bronna “retired” from teaching and worked as the pot shop assistant at SAAI.
A decade and several moves around the east coast of the US later, married with two children, Bronna studied with Valley Possony in Falls Church, VA, for two and a half years.
During the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, Bronna continued potting while working full-time as a secretary and later as a copyeditor and proofreader for the National Education Association. She retired and moved to Vermont in December of 2008, intending to make pots full-time. That winter, she met Claudia Teachman, a local potter who encouraged Bronna to join the Brattleboro Clayworks, which she did from August of 2009 to April of 2014. Through this affiliation she got to know the local craft scene and network with local potters and other creative people. Bronna set up her home studio and founded Pacem Pottery in 2012 and, in 2018, changed her business name to The Village Potter. Her website is villagepottervt.com.