Ephraim Pottery

Ephraim Pottery Ephraim Pottery is a small, independently run studio whose employees have been making Arts and Crafts style art pottery by hand in America since 1996.

Ephraim Pottery's original designs and glazes are inspired by the beauty of nature and by the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. At Ephraim Pottery, the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement is still as meaningful and valid as it was a 100+ years ago. Our dedication to our work and to each other is reflected in the pottery we create. By choosing to buy beautiful handmade art from Ephraim Pottery, you

are promoting an American ideal and helping to create a more sustainable economy. We invite you to experience Ephraim Faience art pottery. Discover why we say that Ephraim Pottery is more than pottery - it's a lifestyle.

Introducing "April Showers," a stunning vase that captures the essence of spring with its modern form and captivating ma...
04/23/2024

Introducing "April Showers," a stunning vase that captures the essence of spring with its modern form and captivating matte glaze. The vase features a flat rim and a smooth, sleek silhouette, while the mesmerizing glaze transitions from a rich black-violet at the rim to a soothing olive at the base, creating a feathery effect that evokes the beauty of spring showers. Designed to be used with a liner vase (defined below), "April Showers" allows your favorite spring flowers to take center stage, thanks to its elegant shape and design.

The April Showers Vase is available to order until 8am (CST) on April 30th.

https://ephraimpottery.com/product-category/pot-of-the-week/

04/19/2024

Extra! Extra! Ephraim catalogs hit the mail, so keep an eye on your mailbox in the coming week. If you aren't on our mailing list or have friends who would like a catalog, just submit this form and we will get one to you ASAP 😘

https://ephraimpottery.com/request-a-catalog/

Pot of the Week!! Some believe that when a bluebird appears, good news will be arriving soon. In our neck of the woods, ...
04/04/2024

Pot of the Week!!

Some believe that when a bluebird appears, good news will be arriving soon. In our neck of the woods, it is certainly the case that bluebirds are a harbinger of fine weather, which is definitely good news! Here, a free-handed rendering of a bluebird, blossoms, and branches occupy a circular band on the top of a low bowl form. This unusual design is meant to be seen from above, and so, perfect as a cheerful addition to your spring dining or side tables.

The Bluebird Vase is available to order until 8am (CST) on April 9th.

https://ephraimpottery.com/product/bluebird-vase/

Expressive glazes are one of the most defining features of Ephraim pottery. While we initially designed our glazes to em...
04/04/2024

Expressive glazes are one of the most defining features of Ephraim pottery. While we initially designed our glazes to emulate those used at the turn-of-the-century, as time has passed our studio has continued to evolve, creating glazes that embody a unique Ephraim look. This week we curiously counted the number of glaze recipes in our recipe book and there are 101 of them! The possibilities that come from the same handful of ingredients–a little clay dust, a bit of sand, some powdered rock, and a pinch of oxide–is an endless source of inspiration and wonder.

Glazes are the most magical part of the ceramic process, undergoing such dramatic metamorphosis in the kiln. We formulate our glazes to flow and run in the kiln in order to achieve a rich, dramatic effect. The glazes flow like a waterfall on the pot during the firing process. When the kiln cools, the flow comes to a standstill, and the piece in the kiln captures a snapshot in time. The serendipity of this process results in each individual piece having a unique character.

A major component of glaze development at the studio happens outside of the lab. Ephraim glazers constantly experiment with new techniques for applying glaze; new ways to layer existing glazes; and exciting, harmonious color combinations. The ingenuity of our glazing team in turn inspires us to seek more new glaze recipes in an endless cycle of discovery and innovation.

The Loves Me Vase brings a fresh, springtime twist to our art pottery line-up. Set against an aqua background reminiscen...
03/19/2024

The Loves Me Vase brings a fresh, springtime twist to our art pottery line-up. Set against an aqua background reminiscent of a clear spring sky, five hand-sculpted daisies wrap around the vase's body. Set in between the reaching blooms are classic, hand-sculpted leaves. What's not to love?!

The Loves Me Vase is available to order until 8am (CST) on March 26th.

https://ephraimpottery.com/product-category/pot-of-the-week

It has felt like spring in February here in wisconsin and as a result, we are in the mood for flowers. While we know a b...
02/23/2024

It has felt like spring in February here in wisconsin and as a result, we are in the mood for flowers. While we know a bout or two of winter is probably still in the cards, spring fever has set in early this year.

But if you are like us and need a little mood boost to get you through until spring, consider bringing nature inside with a tile like our Bleeding Heart Tile. https://ephraimpottery.com/product/bleeding-heart-ceramic-pottery-tile/

02/21/2024

Update: WEBSITE IS BACK, but slow. We appreciate your patience.

Our website crashed with the experimental offering. Even though our IT team was on standby and we had boosted the website and servers ahead of the sale, the website still went down. We are working frantically to get it back up and running. We sincerely apologize, and we are as frustrated as you.

02/20/2024

Turtles, and octopuses, and flowers, oh my! Check out experimental pottery tomorrow (Feb 21st) at noon, central time on our website.

02/20/2024

The big dragon experimental came out of the glazing kiln today to much fanfare and excitement! Lately we have had some good luck with big pieces turning out to be first quality. Unfortunately our luck ran out on the dragon. It is almost perfect, but not quite...there are a couple of irregularities on the foot. Regardless of these small flaws, it is a GREAT piece! The glazing is stunning, and the form absolutely monumental.

Just a little more background on making big pieces...
Making these highly decorative big vases is exponentially more difficult and we don't necessarily expect them to turn out perfectly. We make them because we enjoy the challenge and when they are perfect we are ecstatic. All in all, the exercise was a success in our book. Hope you had as much fun with the kiln opening as we did!!

As we lead up to our 200th POT of the Week next Tuesday, our employees are reflecting on their favorites from the past. ...
02/15/2024

As we lead up to our 200th POT of the Week next Tuesday, our employees are reflecting on their favorites from the past. Christine fondly remembers the Peach Blossom Vase (August, 2023). She liked the unusual form, motif, and fresh glazing scheme 😊

As a lead up to our 200th POT of the Week next week, we are posting particular favorites from the past. Alek’s favorite ...
02/13/2024

As a lead up to our 200th POT of the Week next week, we are posting particular favorites from the past. Alek’s favorite past POTW was the Celtic Shores Vase (July 2022). This piece was our first large-scale carved design and a fun collaboration between Alek and Matthew.

Sarah picked the Full Sun Vase (summer  2023) as her favorite past Pot of the Week. This piece was designed by Matthew a...
02/11/2024

Sarah picked the Full Sun Vase (summer 2023) as her favorite past Pot of the Week. This piece was designed by Matthew and Sarah likes it because it is a design that opened up new avenues of exploration. She thought Matthew really hit it out if the park with this one!

The first POT of the Week that Melinda had a primary role in developing the glazing scheme was the Super Bloom Vase (Apr...
02/09/2024

The first POT of the Week that Melinda had a primary role in developing the glazing scheme was the Super Bloom Vase (April 2023). This piece marks Melinda’s foray into all things creative at Ephraim and she continues to contribute many bright and sunny ideas just like this one every day at the studio.

Becky had a hard time choosing just one past POT of the Week she liked working on the most, but she managed to narrow it...
02/07/2024

Becky had a hard time choosing just one past POT of the Week she liked working on the most, but she managed to narrow it down to the Sumac Vase (September 2021) and the Winter Raven Vase (January 2022). Becky enjoys coming up with glazing schemes that evoke the mood of the season and both of these pieces feature her glazing design work.

Something BIG is coming!POT of the Week number two hundred is fast approaching here at Ephraim! Starting all the way bac...
02/06/2024

Something BIG is coming!
POT of the Week number two hundred is fast approaching here at Ephraim! Starting all the way back in 2020, we began releasing a new design every week, and now, four years later we have reached our two hundredth!

Leading up to the release, our employees will be featuring their favorite or most significant POTW on our Facebook and Instagram. Follow us on social media to travel back in time to some of our favorite POTs of the Week!

Here Kevin holds the Eucalyptus Coastal Scenic Vase, a POT of the Week from August 2022. He liked this piece because it captures the vibe of the California coast. Our gallery in Cambria, California has given us the opportunity to explore California vistas and the rich history of California Impressionism and Arts & Crafts design.

Hooray! It’s inspire your heart with art day!
01/31/2024

Hooray! It’s inspire your heart with art day!

Tanner’s handiwork—he is making a run of Amaryllis Twist Vases this afternoon 🌼
01/25/2024

Tanner’s handiwork—he is making a run of Amaryllis Twist Vases this afternoon 🌼

For those of you wondering how the bridge vase came out of the glaze firing…
01/11/2024

For those of you wondering how the bridge vase came out of the glaze firing…

Alex is experimenting with a warm glaze combo on this enlarged version of our Cascade Vase. Low relief scenic pieces lik...
01/09/2024

Alex is experimenting with a warm glaze combo on this enlarged version of our Cascade Vase. Low relief scenic pieces like this one are loosely inspired by the Ernest Allen Batchelder, an early 20th century tile artist from Southern California.

January’s Dragonfly Mug celebrates the season of renewal with a hand-sculpted dragonfly motif. The round-bellied wheel t...
01/06/2024

January’s Dragonfly Mug celebrates the season of renewal with a hand-sculpted dragonfly motif. The round-bellied wheel thrown form features faceted indentations and a tapered rim. A pulled handle feels nice in your hand and means that each mug is superiorly balanced. The Dragonfly Mug is finished in a charcoal and turquoise glaze combination with sage-green accent on the rim and motif.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Mug of the Month, we are limiting production of the Dragonfly Mug to 200. Order while supplies last.

The Dragonfly Mug is available to order until Saturday, February 3rd or until sold out.

https://ephraimpottery.com/product-category/mug-club-homepage/

01/05/2024

People were asking to see the backside of the dragon vase. We will be sure to share its status as it moves through slow drying, bisque firing, and glaze firings!

Kevin spent the afternoon making a big dragon vase 🐉🐉🐉 What do you think?
01/04/2024

Kevin spent the afternoon making a big dragon vase 🐉🐉🐉 What do you think?

We made A LOT of new designs in 2023. Here’s to a new year of creativity!! Happy New Year everyone 🥳
01/01/2024

We made A LOT of new designs in 2023. Here’s to a new year of creativity!! Happy New Year everyone 🥳

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203 West Lake Street
Lake Mills, WI
53551

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Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

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(920) 648-5269

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Ephraim Pottery is a small, independently run studio in Lake Mills, Wisconsin whose employees have been making Arts and Crafts style art pottery by hand in America since 1996. Ephraim Pottery's original designs and glazes are inspired by the beauty of nature and by the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. At Ephraim Pottery, the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement is still as meaningful and valid as it was a 100+ years ago. Our dedication to our work and to each other is reflected in the pottery we create. By choosing to buy beautiful handmade art from Ephraim Pottery, you are promoting an American ideal and helping to create a more sustainable economy. We invite you to experience Ephraim Faience art pottery. Discover why we say that Ephraim Pottery is more than pottery - it's a lifestyle.


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