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Portrait of Denise Wilz

Denise Wilz began creating redware in 2002 after being inspired in an adult evening class taught by friends Loretta and Ivan Belac, where she used her great-grandmother’s tin cookie cutters to make ornaments.

Wilz graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1982 with a degree in Studio Art, but until the opening of Wilz Pottery in 2002, she worked in the corporate world as a computer programmer and analyst for almost 20 years. 

She is self-taught and continues to refine and expand her skills. She takes inspiration for many of her designs from Pennsylvania German pottery, fraktur, and painted furniture. 

Wilz uses traditional techniques and tools—rolling pins to slab clay, a disc cutter to create circles, slip cups for slip-trailing, scratch nib tools, styluses, a coggle wheel to decorate plate edges, molds for shaping plates, and handcrafted tin cookie cutters for ornaments. She fires her work in an electric kiln and uses food-safe glazes. She has authored several articles and videos, and has been teaching redware pottery making since 2009. She is a Master Artisan of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and has been included several times in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts.

Her work is available at shows and shops near Allentown, Pennsylvania.  

Wilz Pottery
7915 Mountain Rd
Macungie, PA 18062
Phone: 215-260-1133

You can meet the artist at the following shows:

November 25, 2016 to November 26, 2016: Der Belsnickel Craft Show in Boyertown, PA
December 2, 2016 to December 31, 2016: Christmas Feast Show & Sale in Harleysville, PA
November 19, 2016 to December 31, 2016: Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale in Lancaster, PA

Denise Wilz has been selected for the following Directories:

Year: 2016, Category: Pottery
Year: 2015, Category: Pottery
Year: 2008, Category: Pottery
Year: 2007, Category: Pottery
Year: 2006, Category: Christmas
Biography updated October 3, 2016   Photograph updated October 3, 2016  Contact information updated March 9, 2016
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