Red Dragon Pottery — Ceramic Art by Troy Schmidt
Troy has been a full time ceramist since 1994; currently dividing his time between making 1/12” scale miniature pottery, functional life-size pottery, and teaching ceramics. He began working with clay as a medium to give a more 3-dimensional aspect to the Celtic Art he was then drawing on paper.
While learning to work with clay and exploring the varied paths that ceramics presented, Troy discovered the world of scale miniatures that has been the focus of his work since 1994. In detailed miniature, Troy creates replicas of historic ceramic styles as well as modern art for miniature museums and collectors. Collections of his miniature work can be found on each continent around the world.
His functional life-size pottery consists of a line of Celtic inspired mugs, trivets, plates, and other ware decorated with ancient Celtic designs in addition to his most recent explorations.
Troy began teaching beginning pottery in 1997 with Dane Venaas in UCSB’s leisure arts program (now known as Gaucho Rec). Through introducing new students to the grandeurs of clay, Troy finds that working with clay remains new and exciting. He also enjoys experimenting and exploring glaze types and firing techniques, creating unusual textures and classic forms.