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.
The Quetzal Vessel is inspired by one of natures most beautiful birds. This one of a kind vessel is sure to be a conversation piece that will bring presence to any area of your home, whether inside or outside.
It measures 4.5 feet tall. It's hand carved, hand painted, sculpted with a Quetzal sitting on a branch. Its fired to 2300 degrees.
Please call the studio if interested 231-536-7856
“A wonderful and beautifully presented pottery shop thats family owned and operated with a more than welcoming, warm, and friendly atmosphere. Regarding the pottery and art itself, I found the presentation, design, and quality excellent. In summary, If your looking for that hidden gem, or if your looking to support a local business, look no further. Otis Pottery is a genuine shop with genuine people who deserve business, and that's a big achievement to earn in my book. ”
- Rampant Fever (5* Google Maps Review)
“The welcoming air of peaceful serenity and true sense of dedication in their work IS Otis. The artist's unique inclination toward the medium gently persuades the observer to take a piece of the whole place home with them. The first time ever I saw the gallery was nearly 20 years ago and it had every bit the fantastical influence on me it should have for such a magical place. Son, Andrew is a talent with incomparable scale and stylization with massive vessels that beg to be seen on set in your most oppulent dreams. I'd like to say his work is a fusion of things but that would be too simple. If ever you chance by East Jordan and want to know where the best sites can be seen, look no further than M-66 just past nowhere where new traditions blend with the old and kind conversation can be heard over pottery. ”
- Jessica B. (5* Google Review)
“Otis and his family’s pottery work is beautiful. Otis himself and Otis Pottery are so caring and warm-spirited; Otis Pottery is a genuine, down to earth business with an authentic, sweet owner that really cares about his work and his customers. If you are going to support one local business, support this one! ”
- Savannah T. (5* Google Review)