NorthWorks

Pottery and Watercolor

Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin | 273 Sales

NorthWorks

Pottery and Watercolor

Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin 273 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   I create nature inspired pottery and watercolor paintings from my studio in northern Wisconsin. My work reflects the importance of ecosystem connections from birch bark, to blueberries, to bears, and even frogs! I love exposing these connections with the use of content rich borders that allow me to play with diverse forms and associations.

If you want to learn more about my artistic process feel free to check out my tumblr blog: http://tonilieppertpolfus.tumblr.com/

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 1, 2015

I create nature inspired pottery and watercolor paintings from my studio in northern Wisconsin. My work reflects the importance of ecosystem connections from birch bark, to blueberries, to bears, and even frogs! I love exposing these connections with the use of content rich borders that allow me to play with diverse forms and associations.

If you want to learn more about my artistic process feel free to check out my tumblr blog: http://tonilieppertpolfus.tumblr.com/

Toni Lieppert Polfus

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Updates

New pottery coming soon! My daughter just finished photographing my most recent kiln load of new bowls. Keep your eye out for new listings in the next few weeks.
Holiday Sale! Take 20% off your order of $50 or more when you use the code WINTER2015 at checkout! Sale ends on November 30th, 2015.

About

It's a Family Affair!

Since 1981, I have created paintings and pottery inspired by the northwoods of Wisconsin. I recently retired after 19 years of teaching full time as a kindergarten through 8th grade art teacher at a public elementary school in Wisconsin. While I thoroughly enjoy the process of making and teaching art - advertising, marketing and social media are not my cup of tea. With the help of my husband, Bob, and daughter, Jean, this Etsy shop has been made possible.

Jean took all the photos of my art you see on my site (and on her shop www.etsy.com/shop/WildLinesStudio )! She has developed the listings, organized my prints, and worked out the technical aspects of running the shop. Bob is also retired, and is supporting the day to day business by managing our stock of prints, shipping items, and responding to buyers. I definitely couldn't do this without them!

My art is inspired by the natural environment through all seasons. We live in northern Wisconsin and enjoy the cold snowy days of winter when we can cross country ski as much as the warm evenings of summer down by the lake. My work reflects my appreciation for wildlife and ecosystems, something that has always been important to our family - my daughters have graduate degrees in wildlife biology and environmental management. My style reflects both realism and symbolic expression. I find the interplay of watercolor, watercolor pencil, collage and geometric shapes to be especially engaging.

I have been a potter for 39 years. Each original handbuilt stoneware pot is carefully crafted in my studio. All of my work is both decorative and functional. The pottery is completely food safe (lead-free) and microwave safe. All the bowls and plates can be used as serving dishes if desired.

I mark the clay with a combination of handmade stamps, natural materials and drawings. The designs on my pottery are inspired by my detailed watercolor paintings. I enjoy developing new ways to transfer my images onto pottery. Special consideration is given to the underside of each medium to large piece. The drawings on the feet are related to the themes found on the inside of the pot. The bowls are formed on a slump mold to provide shape. After the clay dries the pots are bisque fired to cone 010 in an electric kiln. I glaze the bisqued pieces using glazes I have developed over the years along with some commercial stains. The glazed pots are fired in an electric kiln to cone 6, which is approximately 2200 degrees Fahrenheit (1204°C). Each pot is a unique original and can not be duplicated.

Be sure to check out my daughter's Etsy shop, Wild Lines Studio by Jean Polfus:
www.etsy.com/shop/WildLinesStudio

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  • Toni Lieppert Polfus

    Owner, Maker

    I received a MFA in ceramics and watercolor from Bowling Green State University in 1976 and have worked as a professional artist since 1981. I recently retired after 19 years teaching art to elementary school students at a public school in Wisconsin.

  • Bob Polfus

    Shop Manager

    Toni and I were married in 1977. I recently retired after 29 years of working as a therapist on an Ojibwa Reservation in northern Wisconsin. With a bit of extra time on my hands, I'm helping to organize and run the day to day business on Etsy.

  • Jean Polfus

    Web Support

    My mom's art has always inspired me! My dad and I decided to help her set up an Etsy shop in order to increase her exposure. My role is to take photos of her art, set up listings, and help my dad with the more technical side of running an Etsy shop.

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Last updated on Apr 17, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Shippping

We are obsessive about packaging quality and shipping fast. We will ship each order by USPS within two to five business days unless there is some sort of natural disaster. Pottery will be carefully packaged (double boxed) and shipped USPS Priority Mail. We will do our best to package your order to avoid all possible damage during shipping, but sometimes packages will be lost or damaged after they leave our hands. We always double box our pottery items for extra security during shipping. In the event of damage, we will do our best to replace the item, however, please keep in mind each pottery piece is unique and can not be duplicated.

About Us

Thanks for checking out our Etsy shop! Toni is the artist at NorthWorks and her husband, Bob, is the office manager who takes care of shipping. We both want to provide you with great art in a timely and affordable way. Please send us a message if you need any special arrangements and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

We are glad to answer questions about what we do and how our art is created. Just ask!