John Dietrich Retrospective-44 years in Clay

From Novice to Master: John Dietrich Retrospective

From Novice to Master: John Dietrich Retrospective

To celebrate John’s 35th anniversary here at Ellison Bay Pottery, we asked our summer intern to create an exhibit and gallery book covering his 44 years in clay.   We held a reception that year, too.

Many of these pots John gave to his parents, Tom and Margaret Dietrich, well known Wisconsin painters, over the years.  His guiding principal was that if the pot wasn’t good enough to give to his parents, it wasn’t good enough to go into our shop.

Pieces from 40 years ago.

Pieces from 40 years ago.

Mid 70's

Mid 70's

Vessel 1970's

Vessel 1970's

Pig Sculpture

Pig Sculpture

Early Platter

Early Platter

Goblets throughout the ages

Goblets throughout the ages

Vase 1970's

Vase 1970's

Vase 1970's

Vase 1970's

Vase-1980; Candlesticks-1970; Teapot-1990

Vase-1980; Candlesticks-1970; Teapot-1990

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8 thoughts on “John Dietrich Retrospective-44 years in Clay

  1. Congratulations, John!
    Tom and I proudly display (and use) the bowls, pitchers, cups, vessels with & without lids, lamp, etc. that we acquired over the decades. A few years ago Tom was persuaded to fashion a wooden shelf for the pitchers that now show nicely in our kitchen.

    I only wish those pieces that were gifted were still a part of our collection!

    All the best,
    Linda Roemer

  2. Linda and Tom, Thanks for for being great customers and supporting John throughout the decades. We wouldn’t be here without you.
    Warmly
    Diane and John

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  4. John,

    We use and treasure a covered pot I got at a kiln opening when you were still an apprentice. That was the beginning of a good collection of your pieces that we kept for ourselves. Saying nothing of those that were given as gifts over the years…..

    In addition to our appreciating our collection, guests always admire the pieces and it is fun to pick a mug that seems to fit a person when we serve coffee. For when “not just any piece will do…….”

    Thanks. And congratulations for having achieved such a successful career.

    Mac

  5. Hey Mac, he didn’t do it alone, it was friends like you who supported and appreciated his work. I’ll be sure he sees this when he returns from Artstreet.

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  7. Would love to attend your party…but Springfield, MO is a bit of a drive…we’ll see you next August as usual!!

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