We at Door Pottery are proud to bring you the finest quality handmade Arts and Crafts pottery from our Madison, Wisconsin studio. Located in the Midwest, we are influenced by the natural beauty that surrounds us, the same natural elements that inspired the Prairie School of design.
We also draw inspiration for our pottery from the great American art potteries of the Arts and Crafts era. From the organic leaves of Grueby to the elegant shapes of Rookwood, or the surprisingly modern look of Teco Pottery, we pay homage to the Arts and Crafts artisans that came before us.
With fresh design and unexpected twists, we strive to carry on the Arts and Crafts tradition, creating unique pottery to be treasured for generations.
Mission Guild Studio is a “Unique” dual artisan owned & operated studio specializing in a revival and renewal of Arts & Crafts era ideals. With a strong passion and established philosophy of “Forward Thinking in the Craftsman Tradition” this studio offers both traditional and one of a kind art furnishings & decor. Although widely known for their exceptional & distinctly recognizable framed tiles, the artisans at Mission Guild specialize in multi-mediums such as Rare Hardwoods, Clay, Precious Metals, Paintings, Prints and Glass. Individually they each bring you over 20+ years of experience in the arts and design.
The artisans: Christie Schorf-Miller & James Miller have both been individually Awarded the designation of “Roycroft Renaissance Artisan”. The history of Roycroft dates back to the late 1800’s – early 1900’s on the historic Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY and was at the forefront of the Arts & Crafts era in America. The award of Roycroft Artisan includes the privilege of using the historical and highly collectable Roycroft Renaissance Mark/Orb on their creations. Christie has received Roycroft Master Artisan status for her work in Clay. James has received the Roycroft Master Artisan status for his work in Wood. Christie has also received Roycroft Artisan awarded status for her works in Metal/Jewelry.
“Our offerings are artisan designed and created here in our studio, rather than factory mass produced. We offer a variety of exclusive – One Time Only – artisan creations with Limited Availability. We also provide an extensive On-Line Catalog for shopping via our web site at www.MissionGuild.com… Be sure to keep our web site Book Marked in your Favorites as we are frequently updating the on-line catalog with new hand wrought selections. Additional works can be found for sale year round at one of our select Shows or at one of our New York based Gallery affiliates. Details & directions to these locations can be found on our web site.
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The team at Motawi Tileworks is passionate about making great tiles, while spreading our positivity and sharing our experience. Our company was founded in 1992 by Nawal Motawi, who started making tiles in her garage and selling them at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market next to the rutabaga sellers. More than 30 of us now now make tiles in a 12,900 square foot studio, and sell them through more than 300 stores spread across the United States. We utilize Toyota Style Production thinking and methodology, and strive to cultivate positivity, constant improvement, and high quality tile.
Nawal’s motto: It’s fun to be good at what you do!
I am Fay Jones Day, the artist who makes the tile you see on my website. This is a one person business. I also make and maintain my website, answer your emails, and pack up the tiles and samples to ship out. My studio is a little cottage surrounded by oak and pines trees, out in the country, in Alpine, Oregon. I live with my husband, artist Jonathan Day, and our cat Jennie. I have always enjoyed making things with my hands. Clay has been my favorite medium since childhood. In high school I wanted to be a sculptor, but that was to be delayed for almost 20 years. 1989, I got some clay and started teaching myself to make figurative sculpture. While making sculpture, I discovered that I really enjoyed surface decoration, and I changed to making tile in 2000. There have been lots of changes in the last 16 years. I quit my day job and moved out to the country. With that came a fair size studio and my own hours. This year I decided to only buy American made clay and glazes. That as well as using all recycled packaging are changes I feel good about.
Janet Ontko is inspired by the simplicity and style of the Craftsman Movement. The honesty of the materials, the look of the clay, the touch of the potter, and the return to the craft tradition compelled Janet to develop her own signature style. Her line of award-winning tiles, birdhouses and sculptures incorporates her love of gardening and nature. For almost seventeen years, Janet has traveled though the United States showing her line at wholesale and retail shows. Her work is sold in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Japan. Janet’s designs have won various awards and have been highlighted in both newspaper and magazine articles. Her tiles have even featured in the television set design for “Martha Stewart Living”. Janet has a reputation of providing wonderful designs. And this reputation has created a following of pottery enthusiasts who come to her for custom creations. Her work encompasses the home and yard for the consumer, as well as civic and commercial projects for city and private contractors.
Founder and master artisan, Diana Mausser, has designed over 1,100 unique and historically inspired tile patterns ranging from earthy Craftsman to vibrant Spanish-style. Inspired by historic Batchelder, D&M, Catalina and Malibu Potteries tile companies, Diana’s dedication to high-quality shines through in every tile. Native Tile is honored to have our work featured in hotels and public spaces like: The Four Season Biltmore in Santa Barbara, The City of Calabasas City Hall and Public Library, and Centennial Plaza in Highland Park, Texas. Our tiles can also be found decorating the kitchens, poolsides, hearths, backyards, and bathrooms of homes across the nation. Our artisan tile can be used to adorn just about any architectural surface. With our incredible team of craftsman, Native Tile designs, hand presses, glazes, and fires all of our tile at our studio in Torrance, CA.
Weaver Tile started in 2000 after spending four winters learning the craft of handmade tile making at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, Michigan. We produce high quality, high fire decorative tiles. Most of our tiles are hand pressed in molds that are made from my original sculpted works. We endeavor to produce high quality, highly detailed handmade tiles. Tiles that will give your home a distinctive and inviting look that you will be proud of for years to come.
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