WHAT THE EUREKA COMPANY IS
Family owned since 1983, The Eureka Company is proud to be one of the pioneer businesses in the historic Armory Square district of downtown Syracuse, NY. Nestled in a restored horse stable, Eureka stands for all things quality and hand-made exclusively by American artisans. The same spirit of hard work and discovery that lead true adventurers across America in search of gold lives here within these walls. Here you will find a diverse and curated collection of contemporary hand-made goods in ceramics, wood, metal, leather, jewelry, paper and more.
WHO WE ARE
Liam and Fiona are the first brother-sister team in the third generation of the Eureka Company. We are artists and dreamers who are passionate about innovative creativity and the power it has to connect communities and grow cultures across the country of America. We are dedicated to discovering and fostering a community of over 300 artists across the states to bring our store the highest quality goods possible.
The Movement and Our Community
The american arts and crafts movement
The Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts. Coming to North America in the late 1800s, the movement helped portray the American ideal of the time and a long lasting tradition to this day. With an emphasis on quality craftsmanship, the American Arts and Crafts movement strove for a deeper connection between consumer and product in place of mass produced items on the market.
Upstate New York and the larger Syracuse area were host to many of the frontiering businesses within the movement and included architecture, city planning, decorative home goods, furniture and more. Locally, Stickley Furniture has a rich history creating wooden furniture and publishing the first crafts magazine which helped to localize and connect communities in the larger Syracuse area.
The beauty of hand made goods from this movement is bonded with the idea of supporting artisans within their craft while also creating new relationship between seller and buyer. You will always have a one of a kind item made by human hands sourced from American materials. Buying locally also supports the larger education of the public as well as positive community growth through exchange of ideas and visual communications.
what it is now
At Eureka, we strive to support one another and give opportunity to all through lovingkindness and the arts. Each item from our store comes directly from the hands of artists and artisans around the country. This means that American families are supporting one an other in each's endeavor through the buying and selling of American goods. It also means that new ideas are being exchanged every day to better relate to one another and grow a unified community that finds value in the arts.
Today, you will still find the highest quality of material and design just as when the American Arts and Crafts movement first began. With such a creative group of artists and artisans in America, Eureka provides a platform for their new ideas and innovative design to shine through resulting in contemporary hand made goods.
We also believe that the ideal of the American Arts and Crafts movement extends further into the community outside of our direct reach within the arts communities. This means that we are community building enthusiasts and love to connect with other local businesses in the Syracuse area. We whole sale many additional items including coffee, olive oil, and wine from local business in hopes of bringing everyone together. You can find many of our products like ceramic mugs and plates at local coffee shops as well as our staff and fellow artists organizing local community events. We often have museum nights with the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse as well as live music events in partnership with local venues.
Come by and support your community today!
A brief history
"I am a full-time potter working in an urban studio in Rochester, NY. I produce single-fired, wood ash glazed functional stoneware, selling out of my showroom, at art fairs and at galleries all around the country.
I learned my craft in a community studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, rather than in an academic institution, as is common today. Surrounded by extremely talented and generous potters, I learned much of what I needed to know to earn my living. Michael Frasca, Brenda Brown Tarbell, Michael Astalos, Bob Hasselle and Pam Korte are just a few of the folks to whom I owe a large debt of gratitude. It was a good way to learn, without academic term deadlines and able to absorb and progress at my own speed.
After a few more years working and learning in other potteries, I set up shop in Cincinnati and worked with Michael Frasca, and later Allan Nairn at Spring Street Pottery.
We produced a line of gallery pots and architectural work until 1987, when I moved to the Finger Lakes region of western New York State. I worked in beautiful rural solitude for 16 years before moving to Rochester.
I share a large studio in the Hungerford Building in Rochester with Carolyn Dilcher-Stutz. Each of us produces our own line of work, as well as a large number of collaborative pieces."
- Richard Aerni
Development of Style
Richard Aerni's style is informed by single-fire techniques alongside local materials with a strong emphasis on slip trailing under ash glazes.
Aerni seeks to create as smooth of a surface as possible in order to let the ash glazes ".. do its thing." With this in mind, Aerni has developed a style of working within the boundaries of single firings which tend to require him to use a tighter clay body as well as uniform and consistent in thickness slab construction. Working this way has allowed him to take moments of design including thick inclined rims, large scales, bulbous forms, heavier glazes on on top and bottom of a piece to give visual weight, and runny glazes and incorporate them into a consistent style.
Aerni believes that through a process of repetition, he is able to see his forms evolve over time. Using deductive reasoning to figure out the "whys" when something unexpected happens, Aerni takes these chance moments to thoroughly explore his technique. Putting in long hours on all aspects of the process allows him to work and rework his methods so that the forms evolve over time.
When asked about his style, he recalls his entire story to figure it out. With the guidance of great potters before him and the mentality of being in the right place at the right time within his means of process Richard Aerni pushes his craft each day and is never satisfied with the "same old, same old."
866. 471. 4601
210 Walton Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
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