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ONU Graduate David Houghton Featured in First Solo Exhibition

Dave HoughtonONU alumnus David Houghton is a self-proclaimed wildlife enthusiast, a nature lover and a mosquito non-lover.

He is also a stay-at-home dad and a business owner. “Both have great rewards and take a lot more time and energy than I ever thought,” professed Dave.

“As an owner and ceramic potter, I am the guy responsible for making the mess in my studio,” explained Dave.

The seemingly disorder of Dave’s studio has produced something worthwhile—his own business and his first solo exhibition of his ceramic work.

The pottery of David Houghton is now on display in the ArtZone Gallery at ArtSpace in Lima, Ohio. The exhibit is open through December.

“This is my first show featuring my wood-fired pottery and salt glazed pottery,” said Dave.

“A lot of my work is hand-thrown and either fired in a salt-glaze kiln or in a wood-fired kiln. Both firing methods produce results that suggest textures found in nature. Wood firing especially creates a variety of textures ranging from rock, bark and moss to the sheen of a quiet pond and flame markings reminiscent of sunsets.”

Dave graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1998 with a BFA degree in art. Professor Emeritus Bruce Chesser, now retired, was Dave’s ceramics instructor as an undergraduate student in the art & design department. Prof. Luke Sheets, now the ceramics instructor at ONU, is also one of Dave’s best friends and mentors.

“The faculty at Ohio Northern provided much more than just a technical education on how to create artwork,” explained Dave. “They were a springboard for self-discovery and direction, both as an artist and as a person.”

After graduation, Dave worked as a graphic designer for Ceramics Monthly, a magazine published in Columbus, Ohio. But, shortly after having children, Dave quit his job and started his own business, Long Pond Pottery.

Dave’s company is located in Cable, Ohio. “My studio is a 12' by 24' built in my garage. I have two wheels, my favorite being a Thomas Stuart electric wheel, a small wedging table, a few sets of shelves and a work table.”

“My business is a couple years old and I owe a big ‘thank you’ to the Ohio Northern faculty, both current and retired, who have continued to support and encourage me during these last few years of getting started,” said Dave. “The art and design department at Ohio Northern University had the facilities and equipment that allowed me to… catch a glimpse of what was possible.”

Admission to the ArtZone Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10a.m.–5p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.–2p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Please contact ArtSpace for additional information (419.222.1721).

ArtSpace/Lima is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual arts to the West Central Ohio region including. Its organization occupies a turn-of-the-century three-story brick building in the North West quadrant of Town Square in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the top 200 creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design, call 419.772.2160 or email

image: Dave stoking the front firebox of his wood kiln at Long Pond Pottery.