Please head over to our NEW Website and blog


 Please use this link Ellison Bay Pottery Studios to find us at our new home on the inter web.

Our 41st Anniversary Party details are here: PARTY BLOG POST

It’s Saturday August 22 from 1-5 and it’s a big deal: Our Studio’s 41st birthday and John Dietrich’s 72nd!

We’re baking and chilling and sweeping and painting and weed-whacking (you get the idea) so come on up and party with us.

We’ve got a store, shopping cart and secure payment, so finally we have our own on-line home.

Our blog has also moved. Please bookmark this. Of course, we’ll keep sending our email newsletter and if you want to be on our list, there is a sign up at our new site.

It’s been great being over here and we hope you’ll follow us over there!

Diane and John

ImageWe are surrounded by trees, frogs, snakes, leaves, apple orchards, the sounds of waves from nearby Green Bay, turkey buzzards, deer, turkeys, coyotes, sinking into the ground outhouses from the past and the wireless satellite towering in our orchard.


And in our studio, we can sink into the clay as our hands begin to find their words.

Trump’s Words Are Personal


I have read some truly horrible things over this weekend, all in response to the recently released tape of Donald Trump and Billy Bush being “men” on a tour bus.  If you want to refresh you memory, you can find a BBC story about it here, Shitty man says horrible things about women.

There have been a lot of apologists for this behavior, my very favorite though is that this is “locker room” talk, and “men will be men” so we should just forgive and forget, move on to the more important things, like Bill Clinton allegedly doing the exact same things Trump bragged about in the video.  Ladies and gentlemen, Rape Culture.

There is no excuse for speech like this, from anybody.  This should not be occurring in a locker room, this should not be occurring among our service members (like I saw repeatedly said on Dakota Meyer’s Facebook…

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New Website!


Thank you so very much for signing up here. Each time someone does I feel excited that someone is interested and that urges me to keep writing, often with clay on my hands. Many times I focus on studio work to the exclusion of everything else.

Today, after spending time away from it all, I thought it was time to let you all know that we have a new, real, website. One with it’s own store and check-out. I’m glad I don’t have to create this, just pay for it.

It’s looking pretty good, although I’ve already planned major changes. I move furniture around a lot, too. In my nature I suppose.

Please pop on over to Ellison Bay Pottery Studios.

If you still want to subscribe, there’s a button at the bottom of the BLOG page. If you’re so inclined, let me know what you think. Suggestions for improvements are most welcome.

Diane and John

Our Pottery Pre-Sale and 100 Bowls in 100 Days Challenge

We’ve got some significant Milestones to celebrate:

this year John joined the 70’s;

Next year it will be 48 years in Clay

and 40 years at Ellison Bay Pottery;

In October our Dreams WILL come true:


Pottery Pre-Sale

We’re going to China in October and to fund our last minute adventure, we’re combining a Pottery Pre-Sale with a ‘100 Bowls in 100 Days’ challenge. We’re offering this Pottery Pre-Sale exclusively to our long time customers.

Once home we’ll begin designing the 100 bowls (50 one-of-a-kind 10 inch bowls and 50 one-of-a-kind 6 inch bowls) and developing new glazes, and then begin making them after the holidays. After your bowl has been fired we’ll mail it to you with a short story on how we were inspired to make each bowl. We’ll be working on these all winter, so if you find yourself in Door County, come on in and we’ll share.

How does this work? To buy your bowl(s), chose whether you want a $50 or $100 bowl, go to the small or large bowl listing and click on the PAYPAL or Shopify button and follow the instructions. You’ll get an email notification AND a special thank you card from us in the mail. Then we’ll email updates to you on a regular schedule. Once those 100 bowls are done, that’s it. We won’t make or sell any more than that.

Sister City Delegates

It’s really a last minute trip, since we agreed just last month to be delegates, along with 8 other people from Door County, to our Sister City Jingdezhen in China, which holds an annual International Ceramic Fair.  We are the only potters from Door County attending. Jingdezhen has been for centuries the Porcelain Capitol of China and the world and we can hardly contain our excitement at this opportunity to travel and learn. We’ll be visiting all sorts of workshops, the actual Fair itself, local schools and government officials as this is not just a ceramic visit but also a Sister City exchange.


Jingdezhen celebrates it’s porcelain industry everywhere, including lampposts and traffic lights!


We’ll be guests of the City during our stay in Jingdezhen, but all transportation and other hotel and living expenses during our two week stay are on our nickle. A trip of this sort usually needs months of planning and saving, and we have just a two months!

Learning and Growing All The Time

We will spend three days in Shanghai exploring museums and historical sites before we fly to Jingdezhen. We’ll also be spending time in Dali Yunnan Province at the Linden Centre. Our hosts, Brian and Jeanee Linden (Lindens Gallery of Ellison Bay) offered a discounted rate to all the members of our delegation and we chose to accept and extend for a day or so to explore that region. There are even Chinese brush painting classes, tie-dying and tea ceremonies we’ve signed up for. And the final visit of our first trip to China will visiting the Terracotta Army.

So vital to an artist’s creative life is the willingness to take chances and realize old dreams and new ones. This is a once in a life time moment for us both personally, and professionally. China is the center of the Ceramic World, and we are going. Pinch us, please.

Details: Each bowl is either $50 or $100 which includes shipping/insurance/handling and taxes. A story of what inspired us to create the bowl will be included. And a great big thank you from us! Designing, creating, putting the artwork on and firing will take months. We’ll be sending updates to let you know where we are in the process. And Thank You Again.


The Silk Road or Silk Route is a historical network of interlinking trade routes across the Afro-Eurasian landmass that connected East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa…….Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the civilizations of China, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe and Arabia….

Monument Square Art Fair returning to its original home

Our Invitation to You

We’re juried into this premier Art Fair in Racine, WI.  60 of the very finest artists from the Midwest and beyond in one location, the heart of Racine, WI. You will find John at booth #10.

Returning to its original home on Monument Square in Downtown Racine, one of Wisconsin’s oldest and most respected juried fine art fairs presents over 50 artists from around the country exhibiting works in a variety of media.  A convenient “Art Pick-Up” area will be available along Main Street where MSAF patrons may drive up to pick up artworks purchased during the Festival.  Live entertainment, a silent auction and children’s activities provided by community arts and education groups make this a must-see event.   FREE ADMISSION.

Back to Square: Monument Square Art Fair returning to its original home.