Wilz Pottery

Denise Wilz
P.O. Box 434
Macungie, PA 18062
215-260-1133


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October

This folk art embodies a passion for life with its birds, hearts, tulips and the sense of innocence.
Perspective, proportion and perfection were not a requirement to the Pennsylvania German makers but the joy was!

New page - Book List for further research


*** Upcoming Shows ***
If you are interested in viewing a piece from the Gallery please let me know before the show so I can bring it along! 

October 4 - 9am to 4pm  - Stahl's Fall Pottery Festival, 6826 Corning Road, Zionsville, PA 18092  website

October 19 - Sunday 11am to 4pm - 40th Annual Oyster Fest - Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 West Princess St., York PA yorkheritage.org

October 25 & 26 - Reading-Berks Chapter PGC Holiday Show - Kutztown University O'Pake Fieldhouse, 312 Trexler Ave., Kutztown, Pennsylvania 19530 rbcrafts.org


*** Pottery Classes ***
Learn about and make your own Pennsylvania German Redware
Classes are tailored for age group and private instruction is available

November 8 - Christmas Ornament Workshop - create your own Sgraffito Heart Ornaments and Moravian Stars - Four hearts are included with the workshop fee.  I will have extra hearts available for purchase @ $12 each should you wish to wait and see how many you would like to sgraffito during the allotted 3 hours.  I will have patterns available or you may create your own!   Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438   215-256-3020  website  Book List for design ideas

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The studio is located on the outskirts of Macungie, Pennsylvania
The original portion of this one and a half story house was built in the mid-1700's; before the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights were written.
If Thomas Paine, author of "Common Sense",  were alive today he might say something like this: "We the People"




How to Decorate Pottery in the Pennsylvania Redware Style video featured June 13, 2012 on the Ceramics Arts Daily site 

 

My Youtube video using tools made by Bambootools.com may be viewed here   

Music by Mary Kay Mann

  
  FUN Stuff!  
Melanie Falcon, of WFMZ Channel 69 News, visited my studio to decorate her own plate at 6:40am in 2013 while we promoted a local artisan show. Check us out!

Pennsylvania Redware by Denise Wilz  
Pennsylvania Redware is one of the oldest pottery techniques in the U.S. Denise shows how you can get the same timeless results by using up-to-date materials and techniques.  Pottery Making Illustrated March/April 2008 issue
Photos by Lisa Short, a Fraktur artist

This article is also included in
Electric Firing: Creative Techniques published by the American Ceramic Society.  Download article 

Ceramics Arts Daily
Potters Council
available in the March/April 2008 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated

Inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art by Wendy Komancheck
photos by Denise and Aaron Wilz

available in the April 2008 issue of Antiques and Collecting Magazine


Twelve Drummers Drumming 

Purchase now

 

"Twelve Days of Christmas"  Limited Edition Plates
Still available through this year

Each plate is created individually and is titled and numbered.  Up to 100 plates per title will be made - the next issue number is 81.  For guaranteed December 23rd delivery orders must be placed by October 30th.  Gift boxed.  

  "Two Turtle Doves" was selected  by Early American Life to be included the 2007 Christmas issue.  This design was inspired by a 1833 fraktur house blessing by Francis D. Levan.

   "Partridge in a Pear Tree" was selected by Early American Life to be included the 2006 Christmas issue.

2006 - "Partridge in a Pear Tree" - available now
2007 - "Two Turtle Doves" and "Three French Hens" - available now
2008 - "Four Calling Birds" and "Five Golden Rings" - available now
2009 - "Six Geese a-Laying" and "Seven Swans a-Swimming"
2010 - "Eight Maids a-Milking" and "Nine Ladies Dancing"
2011 - "Ten Lords a-Leaping" and "Eleven Pipers Piping"
2012 - "Twelve Drummers Drumming"


Juried member of the Directory of Traditional American Crafts presented by Early American Life magazine for 2012


Custom House Plate of the Sumneytown Hotel, 
Main Street, Sumneytown, Pennsylvania

Custom Orders

Personalized with name and address
name not shown per request

 

 


My Work

Thank you for visiting my online showroom! My name is Denise Wilz, and I founded Wilz Pottery in 2003. I craft one-of-a-kind pottery, inspired by the traditions and techniques of Pennsylvania German potters from the late 1600's to the mid 1800's. My collections include custom clay art and original pieces of decorative pottery.

The technique for many of my pieces uses the ancient art of Sgraffito, which is a form of scratching clay through layers to create custom and traditional Pennsylvania German designs. This technique is popular on home décor as well as slipware plates, cookie jars, and mugs.  I make my pieces entirely by hand from red earthenware clay. These pieces, which I decorate one at a time, are known as Redware or Terra Cotta, which means ‘baked earth’.

The plates and ornaments originate from rolled slabs of clay; I turn the cookie jars, pitchers, and bowls on a pottery wheel. I sculpt my whistles and banks by hand, making each a unique work of art.

I am a proud juried member of the Directory of Traditional American Crafts presented by Early American Life magazine, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the Lehigh Valley Chapter PGC and Reading/Berks Chapter PGC. My custom artwork is found at shows and shops located near Allentown, Pennsylvania.  

If you are interested in my handcrafted pottery for your home or establishment, please visit my online store! There you will find made-to-order creations. Alternatively, you can browse through the gallery of unique art that I have available for immediate shipment.  Please send an email should you have any questions or concerns about ordering.

Juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lehigh Valley Chapter PGC, Reading-Berks Chapter PGC and the Directory of Traditional American Crafts


Definitions of Redware decoration techniques

 Sgraffito ware (also spelled sgrafitto) - Slip (liquid clay) of a different color is applied to the red earthenware clay, then the slip is scratched away to reveal the clay beneath to create the design.

Slipware - Slip of a different color is drawn on the red earthenware clay in pleasing designs  


Commissions

Goschenhoppen Historians

2008 Goschenhoppen Folk Festival Redware Pie Plate

Plates may be purchased through the Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc.

email redmens_hall@goschenhoppen.org or 
call (610) 367-8286

Speaker's House Plate

"The mission of The Speaker's House is to celebrate the heritage and home of Frederick Muhlenberg, first and third Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and first signer of the Bill of Rights."

Located in Trappe, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

website

Peter Wentz Farmstead Society

Commemorative sgraffito plate of the Farmstead in Worcester, Pennsylvania

Plates may be purchased in the Gift Shop

Shearer Road, Worcester, PA. 19490
610-584-5104

 

Haycock Historical Society 

Commemorative sgraffito plate of the Bucks County Latvian Baptist Church in Applebachsville, PA

Plates may be purchased through the 
Haycock Historical Society, P.O. Box 715, Quakertown Pa 18951

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County 

Commemorative sgraffito plates of the properties they maintain.
These plates depict buildings in Morlatton Village,
 Douglassville, Pennsylvania

2004 - Mouns Jones house  
2005 - Covered Bridge Keepers house
2006 - White Horse Inn

Quakertown, Pennsylvania's Sesquicentennial celebration - 2005

Commemorative replica of a slipware plate found in Quakertown

Plates may be purchased at Lion Around Books
302 W. Broad Street,
 Quakertown, PA 18951          
215-529-1645


Wholesale accounts 

At this time I am unable to fulfill Wholesale requests for new accounts.

Copyright © 2014 Wilz Pottery All Rights Reserved.  Contact Denise@wilzpottery.com

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