Al Pellenberg


Al Pellenberg has been playing and working with mud since he was a child. His Play-Doh® Fun Factory was the best toy he had ever had. He believes he became an architect and designer as a result of all those things that he built in his  childhood.


Al worked on the pottery wheel for many years. He then moved to hand-building and found it very rewarding. Hand-building offers a new set of challenges that combine his architectural training and his creative side in new ways.



Al is obsessed with lidded forms, and his current work reflects that. Most of his wheel works are functional bowls, jars, and canister sets for kitchens. He loves making kitchen sets, but his newer work includes architectural treasure boxes, memorial urns, hand-built canister sets, dishes, ice tea/wine carafes, and other pieces.



At the age of 18, Al lost Oreo, his black-and-white puppy that he adopted from a mall box. He put her cremains in one of his lidded jars. Over the years, friends have asked Al to make special containers for the loved ones — pets and people. Al believes that having a special, custom urn or box is meaningful and appreciated. He is happy to make custom jars on commission, and he can includes imprinted names and dates.



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