I'm Colin Dyck, the owner and potter behind Mudslide Stoneware, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My ceramic pieces are expressions of my twin loves: beautiful, functional objects + good food. My enthusiasm for fermentation sprung from my passion for sustainable agriculture and food systems, and preserving the harvest. Before becoming a professional potter, I worked on wineries, dairies and creameries in Western Colorado and France, gaining an appreciation of both small-scale food production and the art and science of fermented foods. My search for a perfect fermentation vessel came up surprisingly short, so I decided to start making my own, returning in my own way to the traditions of my Mennonite ancestors, who were farmers, craftsmen and prolific food preservers.