John Thomas established the Dunn County Pottery in 1973. The pottery offers a selection of fine stoneware and terracotta pottery for use in the home and garden. John invites you to enjoy the colors and textures of these pots and use them in your daily lives.
“As a potter, the greatest joy I feel is making pots intended for daily use. The forms are traditional and are influenced by nature.”
John’s pottery is handcrafted using traditional methods. Pots are wheel thrown or formed using drape molds. Clay surfaces may be impressed with stamps or roulettes to form textures that are often enhanced by translucent ash glazes. John has developed a number of custom glazes that bring authentic, subtle color to the body of each pot.
“I work with local clays, glazed and fired in a wood or gas kiln for a warm and varied effect.”
The pots are crafted from mixtures of clays from Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, and the local area. The pots are fired in an electric, gas, or wood kiln. During the 20–32 hours of wood firing, the pots are showered in ash, resulting in a myriad of colors and textures. No two are alike.
WOOD FIRED POTTERY
During firing the pots are showered in ash, resulting in a myriad of colors and textures. No two are alike.
John’s favorite pots come from the wood kiln. Wood ash from the fires and rhythmic fluctuation of oxygen content in the kiln combine to paint, or flash the surface of the pots in unpredictable patterns.
The selection of stoneware and porcelain pots are functional and intentionally simple. Honesty of form comes from combining restrained sensibility with harmonious detail. Many of the pots are impressed with clay stamps and roulettes. Textures are enhanced by translucent ash glazes.
An apprenticeship in central Japan gave direction for a lifetime of work. The clay in the workshop of Ogura Sensei was locally sourced and hand processed. In 1974, John began utilizing local earthenware and kaolin clay deposits near his home in Dunn County, Wisconsin.
All glazes are lead-free. The pottery is safe in the dishwasher. It does well in a conventional or microwave oven as long as the pots and the food are room temperature before putting them in the oven. With careful handling, this pottery will last for years.