Meet the Potters

Charles Hughes has been a professional potter for over 16 years.  A long time
resident of the State College, PA area, he opened Hughes Pottery as a one man
operation shortly after studying at Penn State University in the early 1990's.  

He is a founding member and current volunteer and teacher at the Creative Oasis, a
local non-profit community art center.  

Charles is responsible for the majority of all the work produced, creating and refining
many of the forms we make.  He also prides himself in developing the lovely glaze
combinations we use.

Rowan Rose joined Hughes Pottery (and Charles' household) in 2007 after a long
and strange romance.  Already a successful stained glass artist, Rowan began
learning the potter's trade from Charles.  Much to her delight (and Charlie's
frustration!) she got pretty good pretty fast and has been selling her work steadily
along side his ever since.

Rowan's work is primarily smaller forms (wee bowls are a favorite) and creating the
carvings that become stamps for many of our pendants and mugs.  She is also the
self-declared "Goddess of Marketing" for Hughes Pottery, spending much of her time
taking pictures, creating promotional materials and updating this website. 

Morgan Hughes began learning the trade literally at his father's knee at PSU.  He
studied the craft through observation- waiting and listening through hundreds of his
dad's classes as a small child.  Morgan began making pots quite young and started
selling professionally in 2002 at the age of 10.

Today Morgan is 17, and although cars and girls take precedence in his life, he
continues to refine his skills as a potter.  Morgan's work, primarily in porcelain and
white clay, is in high demand wherever we sell our pottery.  

Charlie and Rowan Married June 21 2008.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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