WilzPotteryRedware

Pennsylvania German Redware - Sgraffito and Slipware

Macungie, Pennsylvania · 142 Sales

WilzPotteryRedware

Pennsylvania German Redware - Sgraffito and Slipware

Macungie, Pennsylvania 142 Sales On Etsy since 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars
(32)

Announcement   I create Pennsylvania Redware in a stone house built in the mid-1700's. I use the tools and techniques of the Pennsylvania German potters from 1650 through 1850 - red and white earthenware clay, a rolling pin, circle cutter, drape and slump molds, coggle wheel, slip trailer, and sgraffito tools to create Slipware and Sgraffito ware. My work is fired in an electric kiln rather than the traditional wood-fired kiln, and I use food-safe glazes.

My designs are inspired by Pennsylvania German folk art of all kinds. Most of my work focuses on tulips, birds and hearts as the Pennsylvania Germans did in their arts and I add trees and holiday pieces because I like to 'draw' them with my sgraffito tool.

Pottery is meant to be touched - my sgraffito work allows its owner to feel the design as well as see it.

Would you like to see how my pottery is created? Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P6h1a5_uBc

Announcement

I create Pennsylvania Redware in a stone house built in the mid-1700's. I use the tools and techniques of the Pennsylvania German potters from 1650 through 1850 - red and white earthenware clay, a rolling pin, circle cutter, drape and slump molds, coggle wheel, slip trailer, and sgraffito tools to create Slipware and Sgraffito ware. My work is fired in an electric kiln rather than the traditional wood-fired kiln, and I use food-safe glazes.

My designs are inspired by Pennsylvania German folk art of all kinds. Most of my work focuses on tulips, birds and hearts as the Pennsylvania Germans did in their arts and I add trees and holiday pieces because I like to 'draw' them with my sgraffito tool.

Pottery is meant to be touched - my sgraffito work allows its owner to feel the design as well as see it.

Would you like to see how my pottery is created? Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P6h1a5_uBc

Denise Wilz

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Denise Wilz

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Reviews

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4.5 out of 5 stars
(32)
Karen

Karen on Oct 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The plate is beautiful! The friend I bought it for loved it. I received it very quickly. Thank you!

AyeletL

AyeletL on May 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

A much-appreciated gift, great texture and beautiful pattern.

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About

Pennsylvania Redware by Denise Wilz

I began Wilz Pottery and creating redware in 2002. My inspiration for using red earthenware clay came about from an adult evening class taught by my friends Loretta and Ivan Belac, where I used my great-grandmother's tin cookie cutters to make ornaments. (I have since had replicas made so that I can use the originals for the big fat sugar cookies I make at Christmas time.) At the same time I began collecting books on Pennsylvania German folk art as I looked for ideas to decorate a wooden door in my kitchen. Prior to 2002 I was employed in the corporate world as a computer programmer and analyst for almost 20 years. I graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1982 with a degree in Studio Art.

I am a Master Artisan in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and am currently the Vice President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter PGC and am also a member of the Reading/Berks Chapter PGC.

I am listed in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts presented by Early American Life magazine and my work was featured in the August 2015 issue, as well as, the Holiday issues of 2006 and 2007.

I love the deep rich color of the red clay. I am self-taught and continue to refine and expand my skills each day. I begin by working with a clay that is a dark red brown, and when fired, becomes a beautiful red. I like shiny things and have decided not to age my work. Each piece is created individually making them unique.

The glazes are food safe. To keep the glaze shiny I encourage having the food already cut in serving pieces before placing on the pottery and use wooden tools for serving; then hand-wash without soaking in the water and place it upright to allow air to circulate and dry the piece. It can be placed in the oven - it is best to have the pottery at room temperature (food can be cold) before placing in a hot oven as redware can crack if going from freezer to hot oven.

I authored an article titled “Pennsylvania Redware” for the Pottery Making Illustrated magazine in early 2008, and was featured on the cover. This article was also included in the book “Electric Firing : Creative Techniques” published in 2008 by The American Ceramic Society. My “Partridge in a Pear Tree” plate appeared on the cover and an article written by Wendy Komancheck is in the Antiques and Collecting Magazine issue of April 2008.

I have two videos available on YouTube and a third by Channel 69 News during the early morning of October 22, 2013 with anchor Melanie Falcon as she decorated her own snowman plate during the live broadcast in my studio.

My artwork is found at shows and shops located near Allentown, Pennsylvania. I have been teaching the art of Pennsylvania Redware since 2009 and enjoy seeing my students create their own pieces of this heritage craft!

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  • Denise Wilz

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    I am the owner and only employee of Wilz Pottery. I have a degree in Studio Art from Moravian College in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. I enjoy creating work that uses traditional tools, methods and designs.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 1, 2016
Thank you for your interest in my work. Each piece is created one at a time in my studio located in a 1700's stone house in Macungie, Pennsylvania. I have traditional and original designs available and I do custom designs as well.
I use the tools and techniques the Pennsylvania German potters used from the 1600's into the 1800's. Rolling pins, circle cutters, wooden molds are just the beginning - slip-trailer and sgraffito tools create the designs and I fire in an electric kiln using food-safe glaze to complete it!

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Payment may be made by credit card, PayPal and Etsy Gift Cards. PA sales tax will be collected for items shipped to Pennsylvania addresses. The order may be canceled if it has not been shipped.
Shipping
United States - Shipping will be made through USPS. If you prefer another carrier please let me know, however this will incur additional charges.
International shipping - If Actual Shipping charges are less than stated you will receive a refund of monies paid after subtracting the actual cost of shipping plus an additional $15.00.
Ordering more than 1 item from me ~ To give you the best shipping price on 1 item I use "Calculated" Shipping but it does not handle multiple items. My policy is a refund on your shipping costs when ordering more than 1 item shipped to the same US address. I will charge $2.00 per additional Ornament/Pin and $8.00 per additional Plate and refund you the difference.
Please contact me if you have any questions about my Shipping Policy.
Refunds and Exchanges
I would like you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. Should you wish to return an item* I will refund the purchase price, less my cost of shipping and handling, for items that are returned to me in their original condition. You are responsible for proper re-packaging and the cost of return shipment to me. I recommend that all returns be insured for full value.

*Custom work is not eligible for refund unless I made the mistake.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do custom wedding, anniversary, graduation and house plates. Custom orders require a 100% deposit. The piece will be completed within 6-8 weeks. I can work from photos and will email a sketch for approval before beginning the piece. You may also have an inscription written on the back of the plate. Please contact me at 215-260-1133 or denise [!at] wilzpottery.com to discuss your project.