Royce Hilderbrand – Red Lodge Clay Center

Royce HilderbrandReynoldsburg, Ohio

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Royce Hilderbrand is a potter in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. He earned his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and his BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design. In-between his undergraduate and graduate degree he worked for Goertzen Pottery for a year In Goshen Indiana. Royce is currently working at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus and making pottery in Reynoldsburg Ohio.


My work is driven by an infatuation with repetition. Consistency is on my mind throughout my process. By making repetitive marks on my hand thrown forms I create geometric patterns to aggrandize each piece.

My designs are derived from the geometric patterning on crystal-glass, stitching on quilts, button tufted upholstery and golf ball dimples. The feet and rims on my vessels are strongly defined, creating a framework to place my designs in. In order to accentuate the geometric patterning on each vessel I use glazes that will break and pool over the indented lines.

The final goal of each piece is to make it appear perfectly symmetrical. Although the process tends to lead to minor snafus in their patterns. My pots are for everyday use, yet also reflect a sense of refinement.  The ability to craft these beautiful objects for others to appreciate is what drives me to create my own voice in this timeless art form.