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About AWK Clayworks

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"I want to create items that lend beauty to daily routines and environments. Handmade 'things' that facilitate connection between people and moments in time."

-Alyssa Westenbroek-Koster, Founder and Designer


AWK Clayworks is a pottery studio and design house, based out of Boulder, CO. Founded by Alyssa Westenbroek-Koster (get it, AWK?!), AWK Clayworks is the culmination of her creative vision and intention to create handmade items to bring joy to those who use them. 

With a degree in Studio Art, Alyssa has been working full time in the ceramics industry since 2004. Before founding AWK Clayworks in 2008, she spent 2 years as a production potter for Heather Lane Pottery, in Ada, MI., followed by a 2 year assistant position with Michigan potter, Mary Doezema. In 2012, she shifted into commercial clay manufacturing, ceramics equipment sales, and workshop planning for Rovin Ceramics in Ann Arbor, MI. During that period of time, she also taught  ceramics classes, ranging from beginning potters wheel to advanced techniques at the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor, MI.

Finally landing in Boulder Colorado in 2014, Alyssa quickly set about the task of finding a new home for AWK Clayworks.

Now, the bustling little studio is tucked away in a turquoise warehouse in North Boulder, where Alyssa is joined by a small team of talented women. Together, they work side-by-side to skillfully handcraft the AWK Clayworks tableware and home goods product line. Alyssa also produces a one-of-a-kind (OOAK) line of more time intensive and intricately decorated items, which coordinate effortlessly with the tableware line. These items are created 100% by her hand, and completed with an artist signature.