Robbie Bell: The Speckled Dog Pottery
Mixing food and pottery has been a passion of Robbie Bell for many years. Starting as a collector more than 20 years ago, Robbie sought to find the most interesting and functional pottery available to enhance the menus of his personal chef business in Columbia, South Carolina.
In 1998, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and opened The Eighteenth Street Inn, an award winning Bed and Breakfast. At The Inn, he was able to incorporate his love of food with his love of pottery to develop a niche in the city.
In 2002 at the suggestion of a potter and friend, Robbie enrolled in his first studio class and in 2004, he established The Speckled Dog Pottery. The main focus of the studio is functional ceramics. The studio’s glazes are all made by hand and can be used in the home without concern. His serving platters and bowls, dinnerware, drinking vessels and teapots con be found in many personal collections as well as galleries around Florida and South Carolina.
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). As a result of 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, Big Fish, Small Pot: The Third Annual International Teapot Exhibition, Mission Viejo, California and “On the Road Again” The 20th Annual Teapot Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, “The Art of Tea”, The Myer’s Gallery, Orange County , California and he received top honors for 3-D artwork at ArtBravo in Broward County, Florida.
Trained as a classical musician, Robbie attended The University of South Carolina, majoring in Music Education with emphasis in choral conducting and church music and Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina in organ. Throughout his career, he has held positions in the Carolinas as well as Wellington, Coconut Grove and Hollywood, Florida.