Friday, August 27, 2010

Coffee Month- Jon Whitney Pottery

Happy Coffee Month!  I had the pleasure to come across a beautiful store on ETSY, Jon Whitney Pottery.  He makes functional pottery that is affordable enough to use it every day!  

Here is his bio: Jon Whitney Pottery was established in the country setting of Mason Michigan in late 2004. Since that time he has strived to make beatiful functional pottery that is affordable enough for every day use.  He thrives off inspiration from natural forms and the ideas of the arts and crafts movement. All of his wares are high fired stoneware finished in a gas reduction kiln. The work is safe for the dishwasher and microwave for easy handling.

Some School and Work Information: He attended Eastern Michigan University with the intention of becomming an art teacher, then started making pots. As any potter can tell you that was the end of that. He loved making pots and decided to make it his life. He quit his job at a retail store in his junior year and went to work in a slip casting shop to pay the rest of his way through school by working with some type of clay. After school he worked at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. Pewabic is one of the last 3 functioning arts and craft pottery studios still going in the states. The experience of being the wheel thrower and running the glaze room gave him what grad school would not, that being training as a production potter. After 4 years he got the itch and moved out to the country to seek his fortune in life. He built my own gas reduction kiln and works out of his own home/studio. His wife helps to keep him sane and his studio cat Osiris keep him company durring the day.

He is also a member of the Etsy Mud Team (EMT) check us out at http://etsymudteam.craft-sense.com
My take on his product:  I reviewed a piece of Jon's art!  He sent me one of his espresso cups. It is a beautiful piece of art.  It is a perfect 1/2 cup sized espresso cup.  It is strong and durable.  I'm so impressed with his work.  All of his products would make great gifts for anyone.  I learned that his wares are high fired stoneware in a gas reduction kiln.  This makes each piece safe for the dishwasher and microwave.
Stop in and visit Jon Whitney Pottery at ETSY, his Blog and on Twitter!  He also post his newest work for viewing on flkr http://www.flickr.com/photos/29331762@N02/

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