Gerald spent more than 25 years in Idaho. While there, he attended Idaho State University as a Fine Arts major and earned his B.A. While at ISU, he continued his study of geology. His love of clay and his fascination with rocks eventually merged into one passion, leading him to develop his unique art forms.
While living in the Wood River Valley in central Idaho, Gerald met Karen. They were married on the Trail Creek Bridge in Sun Valley and, not long after, moved to Northern California to start their new adventure. They found their home in Sebastopol, a place where they can enjoy the bounties that come with living in western Sonoma County.
Gerald Arrington Stoneware Ceramics is based in northern California’s beautiful Sonoma County. Gerald creates his unique stoneware creations while his wife, Karen, manages the business. They both receive energetic and creative input from their son who is into hand-building dinosaurs and airplanes.
Gerald employs the variety of techniques he has developed over nearly 16 years to create his truly one-of-a-kind stoneware ceramics. It’s a process that begins by throwing a closed form on the wheel. While the piece is still on the wheel, colored slips are added to create the stratification. After a period of drying, he begins the altering process by paddling the form until it takes on the shape and characteristics of a river stone. The resulting pieces are reminiscent of stratified sedimentary stones worn and smoothed by water. After creating several stones in a variety of shapes and sizes, he further refines his art into sculpture for the table, home, and garden.