About Us

The Ceramic Shop staff


The Ceramic Shop was started by Philadelphia ceramic artist and educator Mark Lueders. As a teacher at University of Pennsylvania, Mark was a driving force in the introduction of ceramics into the university’s curriculum. Years later, combined with his interest in ceramics and design, Mark invented the Hydro-Bat - the fast drying, durable bats used to make removing work from the wheel more efficient. In 2001, the Hydro-Bat business outgrew its original location and moved to a larger facility in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Wanting not only a venue for distributing his product, but to also fill the void for a much needed ceramic supply store in the Philadelphia area, The Ceramic Shop was born. What was started as a manufacturing house for Hydro-Bat and an online supply store, The Ceramic Shop has developed into one of the largest Ceramic Supply companies on the East Coast. With a huge selection of supplies in our showroom and over 9,000 items online and growing. In stock are top brand names such as Amaco, Skutt, Shimpo, L&L, Kemper, Spectrum, Speedball, Laguna, Olympic and Paragon. There is also an assortment of high and low-fire clay bodies, dry materials and chemicals, and a lot more.


In 2006, The Ceramic Shop acquired Roselli Pottery Inc., the leading manufacturer of kiln stilts, bead racks and specialty kiln furniture. Look for one of our new products like the Bed of Nails at your local pottery supplier. That same year, our cone 6 electric line of professional dry glazes was launched and has been a huge success. Look for our low fire, "one fire" dipping glazes on our site - you will love them. In 2012 we launched a new product line called Mr. Mark's, a series of unique products for decorating and repairing ceramics. Wax On, Wax Off, Ware Repair, and our latest product Crack Pot have all been successful.


Today we operate out of a beautiful old factory-style building which used to be a knitting mill. Visitors give rave reviews to our showroom, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:00 and Saturday from 10:00-4:00. We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable and open to all questions. 


The Ceramic Shop believes that by making quality ceramic supplies available at fair prices, backed with a knowledgeable staff, that any artist - from the seasoned professional to the weekend hobbyist - can attain their goals of reaching their full creative potential. Innovation and creativity is encouraged not only in our customers everyday but within our own staff, of which over 70% are also artists. 


Who Is The Ceramic Shop?


Aaron Dancho
Delivery & Warehouse 



Brandon Dean
Wholesale Accounts 



Bryson Kerns
Kiln Technician



Glen Bromley



Heidi Corkill
Web Orders 


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Jeff Werner
Glaze & Dry Materials 



Maggie Magill
In-Store Sales 


Mary Saring
Web & Back Orders 



Mike Ajero



Suzanne Maruska
School Accounts 



Victoria Smith
School Accounts 




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