As we continue uncovering stories from Pewabic’s past we are reminded of how grateful we are for the present. The same methods, techniques, and equipment have been utilized in some capacity for over a century! Our steadfastness to keep things true to our early days is exemplified most prominently in our clay mixing process. We are still using the same belt-driven clay mixer and filter press from the early 1900s. It seems that the only thing that’s mildly different present-day is the fashion!
Present-day: Pewabic artist Cameron adding dry ingredients to the clay mixer
Meticulous documentation of historic processes combined with the expertise of our talented clay artists means we can continue crafting the foundation of all our work without sacrificing quality. Excerpts from the mixer’s original catalog states“...It is a typical heavy-duty mill, one that will withstand the strains of rough and constant service.” –– We can certainly attest to that over one hundred years later!
Pewabic’s original staff members laid the groundwork for what would distinguish the pottery’s output. While Co-Founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton acted as mentor for many, Pewabic was also a collaborative and vibrant environment where expression and experimentation were encouraged.
In honor of our landmark 120 year anniversary, we will remain diligent in sharing our #PewabicStory with you all, as you continue to share yours with us. Countless incredible artists have lended their time and knowledge to create a better Pewabic. If you’d like to share your stories, videos, and photos, please contact us as email@example.com or through our social channels. We can’t wait to celebrate you and the people you hold dear who have spent time in our humble pottery!