About Robbie Bell Speckled Dog Pottery

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Welcome

  Great food and great pottery fit together like a glove fits a hand. The perfect combination will make any dinner party a memorable experience. This is the motto of The Speckled Dog Pottery. Whether it is a beautiful teapot, large platter or a carved bowl, it is created to enhance your favorite food or drink.

  Robbie Bell Robbie Bell is the potter and owner of The Speckled Dog. Starting as an avid collector of handmade ceramics, he finally accepted the challenge of creating his own pots. A beginners throwing class started it all. Speckled Dog pots are both wheel thrown and hand built, incorporating natural elements such as leaves, twigs, pine straw and glass. The glazes are all food safe and can be placed in the oven, microwave and especially the dishwasher.

  If you pay a visit to The Speckled Dog Pottery, you will always find the studio’s namesake cocker spaniels lying somewhere in the sun. mascot - Sara
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Professional Experience

2004 - Present: The Speckled Dog Pottery
Owner and Potter
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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1986 - Present: Organist and Choirmaster
Various Churches
North and South Carolina, Florida

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1998-2004: The Eighteenth Street Inn
Owner and Innkeeper
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Education

2002 - 2004: Fire and Mud Ceramics
Developing throwing skills
Hallandale, Fl

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2005: Fire and Mud Ceramics
Teapot Fundamentals, Lee Marshall, Instructor
Hallandale, Fl

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2007: Penland School of Crafts
Teapots: Utilitarian vs. Miniature, Fong Choo, Instructor
Penland, NC

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2008: Penland School of Crafts
Evocative Pots: Surface Design and Decoration
Mark Shapiro, Instructor
Penland, NC

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2010: Penland School for Craft
Altered, Ornamented, & Electric
Kristen Kieffer, Instructor
Penland, NC
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History

A native of South Carolina, Robbie attended The University of South Carolina, majoring in Music Education with an emphasis in choral conducting and church music. Throughout his career, he has held positions in the Carolinas as well as Wellington, Coconut Grove and Hollywood, Florida.

After moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1998, Robbie opened The Eighteenth Street Inn, an award winning bed and breakfast. His reputation as a respected caterer developed there in part as a result of his book, The Poolside Banquet: Sharing Recipes Between a Mother and a Son. A trademark of The Inn was “Inn Art”, an evening event featuring fine crafters from the southeast with an emphasis on ceramics. It was at this time Robbie began studying ceramic art production. In 2004, he opened The Speckled Dog Pottery.

Starting as an avid collector of handmade ceramics for use by his catering business, he finally accepted the challenge of creating his own pots. A beginners throwing class started it all. The Speckled Dog’s pots are both wheel thrown and hand built, many incorporating natural elements such as leaves, twigs, pine straw and glass. The glazes are all food safe and can be placed in the oven, microwave and dishwasher.

Robbie continues to study ceramic production with world class potters. He has worked in the studio of Lee Marshall in Lebanon, Tennessee and at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina with Fong Choo (miniature teapots) and Mark Shapiro (surface design and decoration). With hard work and dedication to the art form, he has been recognized by the media. The studio has been featured twice on NBC6 South Florida Today and he has been a featured artist in the Miami Herald. His work has been juried into Art Beth-el, St. Petersburg, Florida and Big Fish, Small Pot: The Third Annual International Teapot Exhibition, Mission Viejo, California and has received top honors for 3-D artwork at Art Bravo in Broward County, Florida.
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Exhibitions and Presentations

2007 NBC 6 South Florida Today
Segment: “Trina Tries It” Learning to Throw
Miami, FL

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2007 The Atlantic Hotel, Fort Lauderdale
“The Mystic Teapot” - Individual exhibit of Red Ceramic Teapots
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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2006 “The Dance of Clay: The Art of Ceramic Production”
An interactive talk sponsored by Northern Trust’s Fine Living Series
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Commissions

2009 Communion Set
Aynor United Methodist Church
Aynor, SC

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2008 Habitat for Humanity of Broward County
25th Anniversary Award Statues
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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2007 Literary Feast 2007
Broward County Library Foundation
Host Committee gifts
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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2007 Seafarer’s House Business Luncheon
Honoree Gifts
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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2006 Seafarer’s House Business Luncheon
Honoree Gifts
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Awards

2010 Honorable Mention
Big Fish, Small Pot 4
4th International Teapot Competition & Exhibition
Mission Viejo, CA

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2010 Best in Show
Art and Jazz in the Park
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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2007 Best in Show for 3-D
Art Bravo!
Sponsored by ArtServe and Funding Arts Broward
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Collections

2010 Museum of Art, Teapot Collection
Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, CA

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Memberships & QAssociations

Florida Craftsmen

The Association of Anglican Musicians

American Guild of Organists

American Craft Council


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