About Us

The Ceramic Shop Staff

The Ceramic Shop was created 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 - a fast drying, durable bat 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 15,000 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. That same year, our cone 6 electric line of professional dry glazes was launched and has been a huge success. 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.


As of May 2017, The Ceramic Shop took yet another big step and moved to a much larger facility in up and coming Norristown, PA. This new building features roughly three times the amount of space as our previous location, a private fenced-in parking lot, and a long list of other improvements that we know will delight our customers. Visitors give rave reviews of our showroom, which is open Monday through Friday from 9:00-5:00 and Saturday from 10:00-4:00. We pride ourselves on being a knowledgeable, friendly staff here to answer any 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. Our founder and President is actively involved with every aspect of the business and continues to lead us into the future. 



Who Is The Ceramic Shop?


Mark Lueders
President & Founder



Victoria Smith
Vice President


Heidi Corkill
Web Orders Floor Manager


Mary Saring
Web Orders / Customer Service


Bryson Kerns
Operations Manager


Maggie Magill
Head Buyer


Militza Trujillo


Ivette Trujillo


James Hamblin
Kiln Technician / Post Production  


Yamel Carmona


Elizabeth Geronimo


Kenia Palmer
Production Manager


Rosario Hernandez


Jessica Lopez
Assistant Floor Manager


Emilie Gardner


Kelly Eaton
Kiln Sales / Freight Shipping


Jonas Lowry
 Kiln Technician / Services Lead


Evan Epstein
Webmaster / Graphics Lead


Silvia Zeleva
Glaze Lab Technician


Miriam Moreno


Mike Carty
Warehouse / Deliveries


Brenda Vazquez


Lauren Kratz
Inventory Manager


Nicole Seng
Returns / Back Orders


Davian Shakes
Plaster Production


Joe Messineo
Web Orders Manager


Daniel Kelly
CNC Production



Joe Cucciniello
Web Administator / Graphic Design


Maggie Fretz
Glaze Technician


Scott Bauer
Warehouse / Deliveries


Nicole Staller
Sales Associate


Rachel Newsome
Retail Sales


Nicole Hittner
Order Fulfillment


Diana Palma


Yuliana Reyes Montes


Aaron Jackson
Warehouse / Deliveries


Paris Shields
Web Developer / IT

Savannah Vetter
Web Order Processor


Chloe Theodosiou
Glaze Lab Technician


Mason Billie
Web Order Picker


Anthony Ramirez
Web Order Picker


Abigail Soto

Jason Rash
Web Order Processor

Gab Maiorano
School Accounts

Lydia Heishman
Sales Associate

Mandee Beatty
Sales Associate








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