Potters David and Becki Dahlstedt came to Mountain View via separate paths which converged in 1984 at the Ozark Folk Center where David had been the potter for 6 years. Together they continued to demonstrate pottery at the Folk Center for 12 years before establishing a studio adjacent to their home located near the downtown area of Mountain View. This was accomplished with assistance from an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council which David received in 1990. Combining their talents, skills, and interests, the Dahlstedts have established a full time pottery business, producing an extensive line of functional pottery, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces which provide a constant challenge.
David makes both functional and decorative pots. Most of his pots are rooted in function as that is the tradition he finds most satisfying. An elaborate teapot can make an artistic statement and still be used to steep and pour tea. David’s work has been included in many regional shows and is sold in galleries throughout the state. Becki makes pots as well but spends most of her time glazing the couple’s work using multiple glaze application techniques to achieve their trademark blended earth tones.
David is the potter-in-residence at the Arkansas Craft School and teaches classes at the school’s pottery studio located in downtown Mountain View next to the Arkansas Craft Gallery, where the Dahlstedts sell their pottery. David and Becki welcome you to their 2000 square foot studio where David will be making pottery all weekend and Becki will give you a tour of the kiln and the glaze studio. “Come see a great selection of our new work for sale including our experiments with new glazes, new colors, and new techniques.” The Dahlstedts share their home and studio with 2 dogs and 1 cat (population subject to change!!).
Head west on Main Street from the Court Square.
Turn right off Main Street just past the City Hall building at Lancaster Ave. (Hwy. 87) and make an immediate left onto Jackson St.
Proceed 1-1/2 blocks to 511 Jackson St. on the right.