David and June Otis, Owners & Artists
Welcome to Otis Pottery
At Otis Pottery, we believe the items you use in your home should be beautiful as well as practical. For the past 28 years, we have been situated in northern Michigan, making handmade, decorative and functional items in our studio outside of East Jordan. Each piece of pottery is handthrown or handbuilt, glazed in one of our original glaze colors, and hand painted or sprayed to add interest. All of our pieces are high-fired to over 2400 degrees Farenheit, which means they can withstand the heat from your oven, dishwasher, or microwave. They are all food safe and lead free. Browse over 50 original products in three different glaze colors (or come visit our shop in Michigan to see a variety of additional colors and styles).
A Family Business
David and June Otis began work in clay more than 40 years ago in Germany and opened their studio-gallery in East Jordan, Michigan, in 1988. David focuses on beautiful functional work, including his one-of-a-kind teapots, while June crafts intricate hand-built figures and framed pieces.
For the past 16 years, their son, Andrew Otis, has been working with them in the studio, and he now has his own line of decorative large-scale vessels. His pieces range from 3-foot tall garden fountains to 6-foot tall decorative vases all with original colors, carvings, and sculptures.
Andrew Otis, Potter
Over the years we have used a variety of different techniques to create the unique line of pottery. Each piece is handcrafted from stoneware or porcelain clay. We fire the pieces in wood, gas, and electric kilns.
Come and Visit
Lovely gardens, a welcoming atmosphere, and distinctive artwork make Otis Pottery a perfect outing. The home and studio-gallery are situated on a 100-year-old homestead just two miles south of the Ironton Ferry on Hwy. M 66 North.
This unique bow saw has its origins in the Appalachians. Mountain people use various bows to make a variety of knives, saws and other useful tools.
This is simply an amazing bow saw. It will cut bread better than any conventional bread knife on the market. Sourdough, French, Pumpernickel, Rye breads and tough bagels can be cut with ease. The bow can also be used to slice fruits, vegetables, cheese and meat.
The blade is high carbon steel. It is scalloped and double beveled. It is extremely thin, which is part of the reason it cuts so well. The strength of the blade is a result of the tension applied when it is mounted on the bow. This bow effect gives the blade a spring steel feel. Because the blades are made for commercial use, they have a very long life. The blade should last at lease two hundred hours of bread cutting before becoming dull.
Besides being a very functional kitchen utensil, the bow is beautiful. Each bow saw is handcrafted from high quality straight-grained hardwood. Each bow saw is hand sanded to a satin finish, then several layers of a tough, non-toxic finish is applied.
Utilize this bow as you wold a carpenter's saw. A back and forth motion with very little downward pressure is needed for a clean precise cut. The blade is high carbon steel, which will rust if you don't wipe it dry after washing. It is recommend to put an occasional coat of mineral oil on both the blade and wood handle. Do not put the bow saw in the a dishwasher. If you follow these simple instructions, your beautiful new bow saw will provide you with years of slicing satisfaction.
What a great gift idea!