The Pottery Dome is located in the gently rolling hills of
Western Pennsylvania about halfway between Erie and Pittsburgh. You can find us by getting off I-79 at the Grove City exit.
Go west two miles on route 208 and you will see the two domes on
The sales dome is a forty-foot dome set on a four-foot riser wall. This gallery contains the shelving that displays ceramics. The studio dome is a forty-six foot gallery with wheels and kiln.
The Pottery Dome opened in December 1994 and an annual open house is held in mid-December each year. Lois Hamilton, formerly a teacher of art, is the owner of the gallery/studio.
The fulltime potter is Robert Isenberg, who received his art training at Slippery Rock University. During the past year Bob has thrown the stoneware pieces shown in the gallery dome. He also participated in the 2002 shows at the Butler Art Institute in Youngstown, The Hoyt Institute of Fine Art in New Castle, the Erie Art Museum, and the Grove City College Area Artists’ show at Grove City College. He currently has work at the Kada Gallery in Erie, PA.
Local contractors Mark DeWalt, Robert Benek, and Rick Steigerwald constructed the domes. The Knotty pine triangles of the domes were made, color-coded and numbered by Natural Spaces, Inc. of North Branch, Minn. These are based on the concepts of the 20th century poet, architect, and world citizen R. Buckminster Fuller. “Bucky” based his domes on the idea of the triangle being the strongest unit in nature. The domes are efficient to heat. They are pleasant and welcoming to visitors.
Bob Isenberg’s work in stoneware and white stoneware is fired in a 24 cubic foot fiber-lined kiln that is fired with propane. Bob works in many sizes and throws functional work as well as monumental pieces. His work is fired with lead free glazes. He is currently working on a number of pieces to be shown in May at the McKeaver Nature Center near Sandy Lake, PA.
Other artists who exhibit in December are Glen Brunken, Ray Nelson, Ron Pivovar, Dave Emmert, Roxan Genis, Barbara Wukich, Mary Barnes, Carole Starz, Andrew Cozad, and Elizabeth Hamilton.
Two miles West of the Grove City
Leesburg - Grove City Rd
Mercer, PA 16137