4366 Main Street #1   Waitsfield, VT  05673   802-496-7155
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Potter Ulrike Tessmer

In the spring of 1975 I decided to become a potter and applied for an apprenticeship with renowned potter Monika Maetzel in Hamburg, Germany, where I was born and raised.

An apprenticeship in Germany is a 2-3 year education with hands-on training, classroom time and exams for a journeyman's diploma. As a journeyman, you then work for a master and go to masterschool for 3 or more years, and take several more exams to become a potter yourself.

Everybody wanted to be a potter in those days, and with few master potters to go around, it was difficult to find placement as an apprentice.. Anxious to get started on my new career, I found a potter on the beautiful Danish island of Bornholm, who let me use her workshop for the summer. While there, I got the great news that I was selected to begin my apprenticeship with Frau Maetzel in the fall of that year!

After becoming a journeywoman and some ten years of working with potters in Denmark and, since 1982 in the United States, I finally went out on my own. In 1988 I bought a second-hand potter's wheel and kiln, rented first a garage and then a horse barn, before moving into my current  location in Historic Waitsfield Village, where I have made pots now for almost 28 years.

Over the years I have sold my pottery from my shop, other craft shops, as well as craft shows in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York.

In 2011 Waitsfield Pottery was named Best Pottery in Yankee Magazine's annual Editors' Choice issue.




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