Lost Art of Quilling at Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery

Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery proudly introduces Heather Allard and her intriguing quilling art to Door County. Allard’s delicate paper filigrees celebrate vibrant color, beautiful dimensions and intriguing textures. With nature as inspiration, her lilacs, daisies, roses and abstract compositions are sure to delight the viewer. Her contemporary work as a quiller is helping to revive this ancient paper art.

During the Renaissance, nuns and monks decorated book covers and religious items with thin strips of paper cut from the gold edges of illuminated manuscripts, then curled the paper into intricate designs with special tools. The coils and scrolls created elaborate patterns, some imitating the ironwork of the day. Allard’s modern take on this ancient craft adds color and uses modern inspirations to create one-of-a-kind pieces that will add a unique accent to any home.

Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. To visit, go 15 minutes north of Sturgeon Bay or five minutes south of Egg Harbor on Highway 42, then east to 4999 Plum Bottom Rd. For more information, visit or call 920.743.2819.

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