Our Story

Little Garden Pottery produces simple, inspiring, and colorful pottery for the home and garden. The pieces are handcrafted with love in our home studio that is surrounded by a small country garden. The well thought-out line of products include traditional pieces such as mugs, planters, vases, as well as fantasy figurines such as garden gnomes and fairies. Each piece goes through a long and thoughtful design process. They are formed, sculpted, fired in the kiln twice, and hand-painted with a variety of glazes.
 

Our Team

 
ELIZABETH SCHAEFER ERDENER
Ceramic Artist / Owner
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Elizabeth started working with clay in high school, but did not pursue it as a career. Instead she got her degree in Biology, and worked at a variety of places trying to find the right fit. She got involved with the organic and sustainable food movement, working for and managing some start-up businesses including local food cooperatives and a small organic farm. Her entrepreneurial spirit grew, and decided that what she wanted more than anything was to combine two passions of hers, both of which involved transforming the earth. So she set upon starting a business creating and designing a beautiful line of pottery, as well as growing a little cut flower garden. Her priority is to create a peaceful and content environment while crafting her pieces, and hopes a little bit of that joy is carried along with them wherever they go.
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MEGHAN BARCA
Production Designer
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Meghan’s love of art started at a young age. She was introduced to ceramics in high school where she worked side-by-side with Elizabeth. They attended college together in Albany where she studied Art History. Most recently, she worked as a wheel-throwing instructor at Yonker’s Pottery Studio. Meghan is also a freelance floral designer in New York City, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. 
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JULIE MADSEN
Production Designer
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Julie's artistic abilities emerged in high school where she took several art classes including Advanced Placement glassworks. She is currently enrolled in The Science and Art of Herbalism course with Elizabeth to better understand plant medicine. Julie loves to practice yoga and snuggle with her cats in her spare time.
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BASAR ERDENER
Sales&Marketing
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Basar has experience in fields of product design and research for over ten years. He is the recipient of several design awards and recognitions. He has interest in bio-intelligence, sustainability and human-centered design. He is a dreamer.