About Us

Hi Folks,

Welcome to WHITEFISH POTTERY! I first became interested in working with clay in 1982. I had been bitten by the “bug” while taking a short course on how to throw pottery on the potter’s wheel. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Art Education, I spent four years as a Jr. High School Art teacher making pottery in my spare time. I decided to attend graduate school at Penn State University and after receiving my Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics in 1987, returned to Wisconsin to continue teaching. Following another sabbatical from teaching to work as a production potter in Ohio, I chose to leave the teaching profession and in the summer of 1994 moved to Montana to open Whitefish Pottery.

Whitefish Pottery is now through making its line of functional stoneware and I thank you all for joining me in the journey. Now it’s off to semi-retirement and making art for Art’s sake! You are still invited to visit the Studios on Twin Bridges Rd. (better call first please – 406-253-3161) to see what I might be creating. But If I’m not there, I am probably out for a hike or on the hill taking in some deep pow-pow!

Thanks again,
Tom the Potter