Aysha Peltz and Todd Wahlstrom are professional potters and third-generation owners of the New England Hardboard Company. We have been active in the ceramics community as studio artists, students, teachers, consumers and manufacturers for over three decades.
We know throwing bats like no one else, and the unique StudioPro product line has grown out of our own experiences in the studio and as teachers.
Aysha Peltz and Todd Wahlstrom are both studio potters and owners of Town Hill Pottery in Whitingham, Vermont. They earned undergraduate degrees from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and The Kansas City Art Institute and both went on receive graduate degrees in Ceramics from Alfred. Aysha is faculty at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont where she has taught since 2006 and is active in her own career as an artist. Todd's time is shared between managing New England Hardboard Co. and working in his studio.
StudioPro throwing bats have grown out of 60 years of experience in fabricating products with hardboard, plastic and medium density fiber board. Tempered hardboard was introduced by the Masonite Corporation in the 1960s, and we were among the first to begin using this material in manufacturing. We remember fondly the early days of making TV dinner trays and Ouija boards for Mattel.
Hardboard materials and products have flourished over the past 50 years, thanks to the material’s durability and flexibility; three generations of our family-owned and operated company have become experts in the material. In addition to the throwing bats we currently produce, The New England Hardboard Company has manufactured stadium seating, speaker backs for Bose, spool flanges, and a variety of other durable products. StudioPro Bats – like all the other products we’ve manufactured - are made from the best available materials which are selected for performance, value and environmental sensitivity.