Phil Berneburg is a studio art potter with over twenty years’ experience, a geologist and ceramics engineer, and a professor of ceramics in the Masters program at Hood College (Frederick, Maryland). His main interests are in creating sculptural ceramics, both functional and nonfunctional, and in contributing to education in the ceramic arts, in particular, teaching the technical background of ceramics and its importance and relationship to art pottery.
His background has included just about every aspect of ceramic processing including raw materials handling, ceramic body preparation, shaping and forming techniques, firing procedures, equipment maintenance, and studio and laboratory design and safety. He operated Apron Full of Gold Pottery School in Winthrop, Maine from 1996 to 1999, was an instructor at Glen Echo Pottery (Glen Echo, MD) for 10 years, and an instructor at Bill van Gilder’s Frederick Pottery School for two years. In 2004 he served as technical editor for Ceramics Monthly magazine. Currently, he teaches classes on hand building and wheel techniques, and workshops and intensive classes on technical aspects of ceramics such as clay properties, glaze chemistry, and kiln technology.