Friday, September 3, 2010

Summer Done

So the summer was very full of shows. It went well. We sold lots of pottery! Thank you for your support if you came and made purchases. I was so glad to see you! Thanks to my family for following me around all summer, riding in our hot van, and being 'daddy's best supporters' (:

Using Your Favorite Things - Everyday!

Pottery -- we use it everyday! Do you? A while ago, my wife and I, talked about using our favorite things, rather than keeping them for special occasions. Since I spend so much time making pottery, it only seems to make the most sense that we use it everyday! It is one of my favorite things.
Here you see square plate and bowl with a dinner creation from our garden. Yeah for summer!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Studio6thB, the community studio, that houses my pottery, Dutch Lake Pottery, is hosting several events in the month of February. Come on over!

KIDS DAY -- Saturday, Feb. 6th 10-12 or 1-3
A variety of projects will be available for making and taking (after firing), as well as clay games for fun! Cost is 10 dollars per child, or 25 dollars for a family. Children ages 3-12 years old welcome. This includes take home of one project, as well as snacks/drinks, and FUN! Other projects may be taken home for 5 dollars a piece. Signup with Jeff at Space is limited, so signup TODAY!

VALENTINE CLAY DATE -- Friday, Feb. 12 7:30 to 9:00
This event is to create an unusual date setting to have fun creating a pottery piece together. Three projects will be prepared so you do not need any previous experience, just desire to have fun together. Cost is 25 dollars per couple. Bring your favorite beverage; Snacks and dessert provided. Signup with Jeff at Space is limited, so signup now.

ADULT POTTERY CLASS -- Mondays, starting Feb 8th through March 15 7:00 to 9:00
In this 6 week class we will make functional pieces, serving platters, and handbuilt dinnerware, using textures and forms to create pieces, from beginner to advanced welcome. I will show you techniques and tricks learned over the years as a production potter. Classes taught by me, Jeff Rottman. Cost is 90 dollars. This includes supplies and firing. Space is limited so contact Jeff at to signup.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Twenty Dirty Hands Tour

Paul Eshelman, a long standing potter, from Elizabeth, Illinois, invited Dutch Lake Pottery to come to his studio last weekend for the Twenty Dirty Hands Tour in Galena and Elizabeth. It was a pleasure to join him and other friend potter, Joe, in showing our wares on Main Street ! My little family came along and we enjoyed our trip to a new place and with the Eshelman family. You can find his pottery at and tour information at
See you there next year ??

Saturday, June 27, 2009

An Award

Last weekend at the Reed's Lake Clothesline Art Festival in Grand Rapids, I was happily surprised to win the 3rd place Best of Show Award! Thanks to the Grand Valley Artists for their wonderful votes.

Summer Shows Under Way

Well you may wonder why you never see me in person anymore ~ I will be moving about the country this summer at shows 11 shows in a row! Hope you come visit me there. This weekend I am in Chicago at the Evanston Show. I had high hopes of rolling out my new line of work with sushi sets and place settings. However, the kiln is still a'roaring as we speak. Look soon for some new images and items for sale. Until then, happy art buying!

Monday, May 11, 2009

a grand dinner

My studio - Sixth Street Bridge Clay Studio - hosted 'a grand dinner' a dinnerware event last weekend. Participating artists included, myself and Dutch Lake Pottery, Jacob Koster, and Mari Star Golub. Each artist created a table with their own pottery and accompanying decor. The event was a success and hopefully started a new tradition! See you next year for a much 'grand'-er celebration.

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