Welcome to Ryker studios, a family run ceramic studio in Whiteland, IN. Our principle owners are a mother and daughter team, Martha and Karen.
Martha started doing ceramics as a hobby in the seventies. She took lessons and actively created ceramic artwork as a hobby. Then, when her daughter Karen was 10 and starting 4-H, she started taking ceramics lessons as well. The mother/daughter team did ceramics for fun for many years.
In addition to ceramics, Karen grew up creating artwork of all kinds. After high school she went to Franklin College and graduated with a degree in Art, with Biology and Chemistry minors. All along Martha kept working in ceramics and so did Karen.
After Karen was married and the children were still small, Karen wanted to be with her girls and still be active. Many ceramic shops in the area were closing and there was a need for a new shop so Martha and Karen started building the shop in 1997 and opened a year later.
Martha and Karen have been at the shop teaching ceramics to anyone that wants to learn, all while raising the family and expanding the shop. Now the girls are all grown and have joined the staff of Ryker studios. Cathryn, the oldest, is an excellent painter and teacher. She is also interested in fiber arts and is a very good knitter. Sarah is our expert on painting eyes, and is very detail oriented, bringing a whole new dimension to everyday pieces. Sarah also is a very talented woodworker. Karen, Cathryn and Sarah are 10 year 4-H members and have taught many children along the way. Karen is a 4-H judge and travels around Indiana in the summer judging county fairs. The Girls help their grandmother teach and run the shop when Karen is away.
Karen often says that her children have made her more creative and made her think outside the box. When Karen talks of her children, she’s talking about all the children she has ever taught. Because of her children, Karen now does leathercraft, knitting, crochet, woodworking and embroidery, in addition to the painting and drawing she did in college. But her fist love will always be ceramics. Over the years we have added two pottery wheels, many alternative firing methods and different types of clays.
WHAT YOU CAN FIND AT RYKER STUDIOS
We are an all inclusive ceramic shop. We teach you to do a project from start to finish. We work with molded ceramics from many mold manufacturers as well as hand-formed projects and hand-made tiles. We also have two pottery wheels and teach throwing. If you don’t live nearby, or you aren’t interested doing your own work, we also offer ready-to-paint bisque or completely finished items that can be ordered and shipped right to your door.
And we do a variety of custom work, too! We have created door numbers for a hotel, tiles and tile murals for bathrooms and kitchens and tiles for shooting clubs. We now have three kilns and work with several types of clays and slips. We also do a variety of different firings depending on the needs of our clients.