We are a third generation pottery, beginning with Maggie’s maternal grandfather, a one time executive in New York City, Jerry Rossé who relinquished an accounting position to pursue pottery and ceramic artistry in Greenwich Village NY.
Some of Jerry's work
Maggie’s mother, Jay Telfer returned to the potter’s wheel in the early nineteen sixties and continued to throw and create until her tragic death in 2005. First in business with her husband, Thomas Telfer as “JT Originals” and after his death as simply “JTPottery”.
This is jtpottery stoneware in quality, clay and glazes.
Maggie joined the pottery in 1976 after graduating high school, and except for a few years hiatus has been potting ever since. Thanks to her mother (Jay’s) excellent training she is a master potter who, like her mother and her grandfather before her, feels that pottery should be functional as well as beautiful. Although Maggie never mastered the art of sketching, drawing and painting on paper as Jay did, she is an accomplished sculptor in the medium of clay and both wheel-thrown, slab and hand-work.
Maggie & Jay respectively
Jeff, Maggie’s husband, is an accomplished potter and sculptor as well. He shares her ideals when it comes to the pottery, mainly that all ware can and should be useful but that each piece should also be a work of art. Each pottery item should have clean lines, no sharp edges and absolutely nothing except the highest quality in clay, glazes and workmanship.
Pictured is the old shop 1978-2006
Jeff took to potting naturally and in just a short time started producing quality pieces like the ones you see here today. At JTPottery inc. we mix our own red stoneware using three clays, predominantly using clay from Lizella GA .
Jeff mixes our own glazes with formulas created especially for JTPottery by Maggie and her mother. They are made up of rare earths and metal oxides such as black copper, cobalt and red iron to name a few. Then the pot with glaze on it is fired in the kiln to around 2195 degrees.
Color, texture and design are a potter’s signature. All our designs are patterns taken from nature. Inspired by the things we see on our small farm in Tennessee. All ware produced by our pottery studio is food and drink safe, as well as dishwasher, oven and microwave safe.
Jeff and Maggie are continuing the JT Pottery business of bringing you quality pottery with the same (and more) wonderful designs, with beautiful handmade glazes and ware. Always, we continue to grow as well as keeping the traditional designs available for you.
You will find our quality work here
under the URL of “www.JTPotteryUSA.com”
Thank you ~ Jeff and Maggie
P.S. We are now incorporated.
When I leave this world
And I surely will
Some part of me shall remain
And be with you still
Sit under the Spruce and Pine
Each once a baby Christmas tree
Growing sturdily each year
Tall and strong for all to see
Sip your tea slowly
The mug is from my hand
Remember when I sold them
At the pottery stand
Then wrap yourself snugly
In a blanket soft and warm
Close your eyes and listen
For the truth is in my song
In the distant future
On this earth we’ll meet
Finding true connection
Our circle of love complete
I must sing a song
To a world not believing
Where we have gone wrong
For all the earth is grieving
We’ve ravished the land
Polluted where we live
There is nothing in my hand
I must find a gift to give
I would take the earth
And make a vessel grand
For I would give back
A gift to please the land
Yes, I’ll make a simple pot
To help our tale unfold
Please use it carefully
For it will hold my soul
Clay and the Bible
Isaiah 41: 25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.
Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be
esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “ He did
not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “ He has no
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