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John and Diane have built Ellison Bay Pottery together as well as collaborated on many clay projects.

John Dietrich discovered his love of making things and playing with clay as a boy on 'Clay Mountain' in Appleton, WI. He realized later that his dream was to have his own factory, and he's done that in his studio. He did study pottery at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI and at UW-Oshkosh with Paul Donhauser. But the romance of the life of a studio potter sent him to work as Abe Cohn's assistant for 6 years in both Fish Creek and Milwaukee, WI.
In 1974 he bought Driftwood Farms and converted the old apple packing barn into his studio/gallery/home.

Diane McNeil was a dairy farmer and bead artist when she met John in 1993 but soon fell in love with clay. She hand-builds exclusively and manages…

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  • Joined February 9, 2008

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stoneware clay, porcelain clay, glaze materials

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About

John and Diane have built Ellison Bay Pottery together as well as collaborated on many clay projects.

John Dietrich discovered his love of making things and playing with clay as a boy on 'Clay Mountain' in Appleton, WI. He realized later that his dream was to have his own factory, and he's done that in his studio. He did study pottery at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI and at UW-Oshkosh with Paul Donhauser. But the romance of the life of a studio potter sent him to work as Abe Cohn's assistant for 6 years in both Fish Creek and Milwaukee, WI.
In 1974 he bought Driftwood Farms and converted the old apple packing barn into his studio/gallery/home.

Diane McNeil was a dairy farmer and bead artist when she met John in 1993 but soon fell in love with clay. She hand-builds exclusively and manages their business.

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