Nancy Gertig -OSSEO, MI
The first art class I ever took was in clay. I was seven years old. I've loved clay ever since. I love the feel of it. I love the smell of it. I love to be able to make it into all kinds of forms. It still amazes me that I can take a lump of brown clay and turn it into a usable piece of pottery that someone will eat or drink from, or bake in and feel joy each time they pick it up.
I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a teaching certificate from the University of Michigan in 1969. In addition, I’ve attended pottery classes and workshops in California, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, and Texas. I taught art in the public schools and privately for many years. John spent most of his working life in the aircraft industry as a manufacturing engineer and pilot. Soon after John and I were married, we were able to buy out a production pottery and set up our own studio. We spent 12 years in Texas and began our full time pottery business there. John and I started selling our pottery at a small home town art and craft show in 1989. We loved the personal interaction with our customers and immediately moved on to bigger and better shows. John left the aircraft industry in the summer of 1994. We made the decision to go full-time with our pottery business and we've never regretted it.
In 1997 we re-located our business to Michigan to be closer to my parents. We have a home, gallery and studio situated on 5 acres in Osseo, Michigan, a small farming community located in a lovely area with many small lakes and abundant wildlife about 6 miles east of Hillsdale. We sell our pottery exclusively at fine arts and crafts shows in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Texas, through our gallery, and through mail order.
Making and selling pottery is hard work, tiring and challenging. There are the frustrations of pots that crack during the firing or drying process, kilns misfiring with pots ruined, and setting up or taking down displays in storms. Sometimes after the long hours of the holidays, we talk of going back to regular jobs. But soon the thrill of designing, creating new pieces and seeing our customers takes over and we're back in the rhythm of making pottery again.
We'd like to thank all of you who have bought our pottery over the years. If you are near our area please stop by our studio and gallery. If we are at a show near you please come see us. Our studio and gallery is open when we are at home. Please call in advance to make sure we are available, (517) 523-2229 or you can e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org