Before Anthony caught the clay bug, he worked in the business world; mostly for his family’s businesses, but he also consulted in management, sales, investment, and marketing. Little did he know, those seemingly pointless and wasted years would be very valuable for working in galleries in the future.
Back in the mid 1990s, Anthony had a revelation about ceramics while standing in front of a glass wall at the Chicago Art Institute Museum looking at ceramics from the Middle East and North Africa. The problem to him was the glass wall. He wanted to hold them, turn them over, feel their weight, and examine each of them. That moment began his exodus from the family business and management, and started an adventure to get his hands on those objects.
He began to curate for local and regional art centers while also managing a ceramics exhibition program at his Alma Mater, Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Through that exhibition program, he met David Hiltner, who was in the process of planting the Red Lodge Clay Center; soon after that, Anthony moved out to Red Lodge, Montana to help David bring his dream into reality. Anthony stayed at Red Lodge for 4.5 years before getting the itch to start something new.
Before moving to Red Lodge, Anthony had promised himself he’d figure out how to be self employed before he turned forty. A few months before his fortieth birthday, he achieved that: he launched Schaller Gallery, which later settled in Saint Joseph, Michigan. Just recently, the gallery moved to Baroda, Michigan where Anthony owns property; he is planning to build a new ceramics complex over the next few years.
Anthony has worked as a ceramics studio manager, assistant professor, curator, gallery manager, and continues to present workshops, lectures, critiques, and discussions at universities and art centers across North America and a few outside the good ‘ole USA.
I am not purposefully trying to tell new stories or reveal the never seen before. Rather, I am content to interpret the timeless forms of ceramics and be part of an ongoing history, while also focusing on natural and experimental materials. More specifically, I try to make my work express my love for the unexpected, with aesthetic values coming from historical ceramics of the silk road and using materials that are rarely seen in the ceramics world (so far…).