Roland Boni shows a level of craftsmanship that speaks to his years of work in several construction trades. Roland is best known for his attention to detail and pioneering a technique he calls “angle firing” which gives the appearance of glaze moving against gravity. The Cultural Arts Center in Winter Haven, Florida is where he got his start in clay. He spent three years there in the mid-seventies learning, and eventually teaching throwing before returning to PA to start a family. Although finding opportunities to make work occasionally it wasn’t until 2006 that Roland made a purposeful return to pottery when his brother Rick Boni received a grant from the state to build a pottery studio at Appalachian Arts. Roland’s son, Geno, also started working there after high school, finding a passion for clay he attended Edinboro University for ceramics. In 2009, Geno left Edinboro to partner with Roland to found Mudslide Pottery as a father and son studio. Since opening their doors in 2010 they have participated in some of the best juried art shows in the state, taught classes in throwing and glazing, and received awards for their work.
Geno Boni creates work that showcases his passion for high-fire reduction glazes. Known for his vibrant palette of glazes that often run and drip down the vessel walls. Geno was born and raised in Pennsylvania with artists on both sides of his family. He was exposed to pottery at an early age in his father’s small hobby studio, but it wasn’t until after high school that Geno found his love for clay. He began working part time in the clay studio at Appalachian Arts in 2006, a multi-discipline arts facility owned by his uncle Rick Boni. Geno’s father Roland also started throwing and teaching classes part time at Appalachian Arts during this time. Wanting to pursue a career in ceramics Geno attended Edinboro University where he became vice-president of the Clay Club, and was hired by the head of the department to mix clay and tutor students in throwing within a year. In 2009, Geno left Edinboro University to partner with Roland to found Mudslide Pottery as a father and son studio. Since opening their doors in 2010 they have attended some of the best juried art shows in the state, taught classes in throwing and glazing, and received awards for their work.