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Welcome to Pebble Ceramics!


Join us in celebrating the wonders of the California landscape with beautiful handmade ceramic wares, tile and photography by Rhonda Purcell and featured guest artists. We hope you are inspired to explore this amazing state and champion biodiversity and native plants for a healthy planet. Our pottery features the works of Rhonda Purcell and her mother, Cecilia Combs, and is generously supported by her husband, Bill Purcell, and her father, Earl Combs.

 

Photograph by Earl Combs

 

Rhonda Purcell

My love of the geology, waters, skies and flora of California grew out of a fairly charmed childhood with two adventurous, fun-loving parents.  Almost every weekend, my brother and I found ourselves hiking the hillsides, biking the backroads, or boating the waters.  Our family went camping and swam in the ocean or a river every summer.  Of all these experiences, being in the water was the most sublime.  The contrast of transmutable tints of water and the solid stillness of stone below continues to fill my heart with wonder and happiness.

The culminating slideshow for my major at UC Berkeley was simply titled “Water,” and set out to saturate the audience with all the wonderful ways our lives are touched by water, whether as droplets on a tree leaf, a pool filled with swimmers or a stream undulating over stones and boulders.

Exploring and capturing the experience of being immersed in the California landscape will keep me busy for the rest of my life.  I hope you enjoy the works springing from this adventure as much as I enjoy creating them.

 

Cecilia Combs

Cecilia, known by many of you as Butchie from her childhood nickname, makes treasured renditions of leaves by pressing them into clay.  She explores each variety of leaf as if a new found friend, and experiments with compositions and how that leaf is rendered until the beauty of the piece matches its inspiration.

 

Bill Purcell

Bill is a photographer and educator who studied with Joel Sternfeld at Stockton University, and who is passing on the traditions instilled by that experience to his students at the Academy of Art University.  His photographs feature intimate landscapes that are given an additional touch of magic with his nuanced post-production rendering.  In addition to his art degree, Bill also holds a degree in economics with an emphasis in small business from Rutgers University, which comes in very handy when you are trying to run a pottery business!

 

Jeff Kubis

Jeff Kubis is a designer and artist originally from the midwest who has made San Francisco his home for several decades.  Jeff and Rhonda collaborated to combine elements of their previous work into the Terrain collection, which is a synthesis that includes Jeff’s deep plate form and upside down firing technique and Rhonda's functional, rock-textured forms.

 

Affiliations

We support the following organizations:

  • Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
  • California Native Plant Society
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Marine Mammal Center
  • Friends of the Botanic Garden
  • East Bay Regional Parks Foundation

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