Due to  the Pandemic the spring Sgraffito Workshops are being rescheduled into the summer.

Landis Valley Museum rescheduled to July 25th

*** I do offer classes in my studio that would be the same workshop as the Mennonite Heritage Center and

Landis Valley. I can accommodate up to 3 people and will be scheduling these beginning in July with Monday through Friday times available. ***


Pottery is meant to be touched and you can feel the design scratched into the surface of my sgraffito pieces.  My tulips, birds and hearts are inspired by Pennsylvania German folk art of all kinds.  I use traditional techniques and tools – a rolling pin, molds for shaping the clay into plates and bowls, a coggle wheel to decorate the edges of the pottery and handcrafted tin cookie cutters for the ornaments. The pieces are fired in an electric kiln rather than the traditional wood-fired kiln, and I use food-safe glazes. My pottery is made in a stone house built in the mid-1700s where I have found shards of redware in the garden. I am a Master Artisan with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and am listed in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts presented by Early American Life magazine.


​​​My favorite Pennsylvania German saying is "Lieben und Geliebt zu werden Ist die Gröst Freud auf Erden” Translation = "To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth"


I'm looking forward to the tour of my studio June 6th and is hosted by the Landis Valley Farm Museum.   This tour is being held in conjunction with their exhibit “Thrown, Fired, and Glazed: The Redware Tradition from Pennsylvania and Beyond”.    Last year my work was on display and is included in the catalog  for the two year exhibit, each year displaying different work. 

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

More detail is available on the Workshops page

Scheduled for 2020

Learn the art of scratching on clay to create your special plate - an ancient technique the Pennsylvania German potters' used to decorate their fancy pieces of pottery. 

All materials, tools and idea books are provided.  

March 28 (CANCELLED - Reschedule TBD)  and September  19   Sgraffito Workshop at the Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA website

July 25 and October 24      Sgraffito Workshop at the  Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601  website


  * Early American Life Magazine *

I am included in the 2019 Directory of  Traditional American Crafts

My sgraffito bowl is featured in the August 2017 issue.

* The Studio *


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.



    Wilz Pottery

    7915 Mountain Road, Macungie, PA  18062


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