Galena Clay Works....creating artifacts for the future!



I create handmade functional wares and sculptural forms in my hillside studio located in Northwest Illinois. If you're just passing through or if Galena is your destination please stop and visit.

My Work

Whether you are looking for a stoneware bowl or a set of mugs or dishes, come check out my studio!

My functional ware is all high-fired and food, dishwasher and microwave-safe.  I also have decorative and whimsical sculptures and raku vessels and vases.  

All of my glazes are earth’s raw materials, hand-made and applied to each individual piece of pottery which is then fired to 2380 degrees fahrenheit.  This high fire process creates unique colors and continuity, making each piece one of a kind. 

From my hands to your homes, all my clayworks are yours to be used and enjoyed!   

I am open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. mid March through late November or by appointment.  If you have any questions please contact me.

To find my studio drive through Galena's downtown on Main Street.  Main Street will turn into Broadway and then into  Dewey Avenue.  I am located three blocks north at 704 Dewey Avenue in the historic "Old Town" district. 

Kent Henderson, potter.



Having majored in Humanities and Anthropology I am interested in clay objects as art as well as artifacts and the temporal  becoming the antiquated. Galena Clay Works is creating artifacts for the future, some to be used, some to be buried, all existing for future generations. Wherever I am going,clay is helping me get there.


“I use Kent’s serving bowls for all my pasta dishes, I just love them! ”  Mary Hillinger

“I buy a different small sculpture head whenever I am in Galena to add to my collection”  John Martinson


704 Dewey Ave, Galena, Illinois | 815 978 7765