About Will & Janel
Will and Janel have nurtured and encouraged one another’s love for making pottery since they met in 1984. Together they have forged a life that evolves around the needs of their family, making pots, and their enjoyment of the annual cycle of the seasons. Most satisfying to Janel and Will are the words of appreciation from customers regarding the enjoyment they have had from using their pots.
The driving forces beyond the joy of making pots are the events that they produce twice a year at Sunrise Pottery in Sunrise, Minnesota. Since its inception in 1993, they have been a part of coordinating the Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour, and are one of the seven host studios each Mother’s Day weekend in May. In October they have held fall sales at their studio with just the two of them showing their work.
In October of 2017 they held their first, larger autumn event at Sunrise Pottery with four invited guest potters. This has become an annual event with the 2018 Fall sale that will include Jeff Oestreich, Ernest Miller and Joe Singewald. More information can be found here.
Throughout the year they create pottery for regional or national shows, and for galleries as can be fitted in between each of the studio events. Will’s focus is on making table ware including plates of various sizes and shapes, cups, bowls and serving dishes including medium and large bowls and platters. He uses mainly stoneware clay. Janel makes a broad assortment of useful pieces from both porcelain and stoneware clays, such as mugs and cups, bowls, plates and pots that are useful with food preparation.
The showroom shelves are generally well filled with pottery made by both Janel and Will. You are welcome to visit Sunrise Pottery in Sunrise, Minnesota, in all seasons. It will be a good idea to call ahead to be sure that the studio and showroom are open when you wish to visit. 651-674-4555