Tesha, owner of Poni, grew up on both sides of the Cascades in Washington State, cracking rocks on the Wenatchee River and playing in the tidal pools of the Puget Sound. Her love of natural spaces began early and informs her work to this day. Her studio sits above the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River, surrounded by the foothills of Mount Baker.
Tesha's route to ceramics was through a Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts, where her focus was on everything but clay. Post-degree she picked up ceramics after finding a pottery wheel in the attic and taught herself the basics of a new medium. A few years later and she is creating work that explores the traditions of ceramics, creating work that is both sensible and sentimental.
When she’s not in the studio you will find her running her small farm, Marsh Mallow Farm, with her partner, and running after their rescue dogs and horses.
Tesha Karpoff in the News
"Technicolor Croissants and More Glimpses Into the Future of Pastries; Of Course They Care About the Ceramics"
in Bon Appetit Magazine, April 2018
in Eater Seattle, November 2018
in Seattle Met, December 2018
in Seattle Met, February 2019