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Ellison Bay Pottery Celebrates 45 Years

All are welcome to join Ellison Bay Pottery as it toasts its 45-year anniversary Aug. 18, 4 pm. Enjoy catering by Pink Bakery and music by Marybeth Mattson and Seth Raddatz. 

When John Dietrich bought Driftwood Farms from Sid Telfer Sr. in 1974, it was a big, wooden tent with no running water, septic, well or heat. It had been used to process and store apples and cherries, and during his early years there, Dietrich slowly transformed it into a comfortable home, pottery studio and gallery for fine art and fine craft.

Before starting Ellison Bay Pottery, Dietrich was an assistant to master potter Abe Cohn in Fish Creek and Milwaukee. Dietrich credits Cohn and his wife, Ginka, for his start in Ellison Bay because they taught him many lessons about achieving his dream of being a studio potter. Now, after working in clay for 53 years, Dietrich says he’s just starting to get the hang of it.

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