Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wilburton Pottery

Detail: Man with Guitar Tile
The gallery has just received a fresh batch of tiles from Wilburton Pottery. Located in Bellvue Washington, each of Wilburton Pottery's tiles is created individually using one of their hand carved original molds. They use porcelain clayand their tiles are fired twice. The first firing is a bisque firing then, after a glaze is applied, they are fired a second time. Because they are fired at a high temperature, these stunning black and white tiles are hardy outdoors even in freezing conditions.
Wilburton Pottery had its beginnings fifteen years ago when Bob Jewett experimented in creating garden pottery for his home. He saw the need for pottery that would withstand winter cold and dampness, yet was aesthetically pleasing as well. After a few years of experimentation in designs, construction, and glazes, he developed pottery that served both of these purposes. Using decorative relief patterns, fine glazes, and hand pressing of clay into molds, he created a unique brand of contemporary pottery in the classical tradition.

In 1994, Bob turned his hobby into his business. His wife Iris and daughters Laura and Leonora joined him in design and production. They named the business after their neighborhood in Bellevue, Washington, and started selling their handcrafted tiles, pots, and ornaments at art and garden fairs throughout the Pacific Northwest.