Michael and Michele Gwinup established Blue Spruce Pottery in 1976. It is a family owned and operated business ran with the help of the Gwinup's daughter Melissa, and her husband Patrick Woodman. Their pottery studio is located in Bend, Oregon USA, between the Cascade Mountains and the High Desert of Central Oregon. This beautiful landscape inspires much of the imagery, forms and textures that are used to make their Raku and Stoneware Pottery. The Gwinup/Woodman family works together to create a variety of unique handmade pottery for functional and decorative use.
Living in the High Desert of Central Oregon has brought the beauty of that landscape into their work. The Gwinup Family feels very fortunate tolive in such a place and to be able to make a living doing what they love. Michele has time to work in hergarden and to play with their 2 dachshunds. Michael has time to snowboard and play music every week. And together they have raised 2 children to adulthood.
"We have always worked together as a team. We feel so fortunate to have our daugher Melissa and her husband Patrick working with us now. They bring new energy and new ideas to help us grow into the future".
We like working with people who have a love for handmade pottery. We hope that the pots that you see on these pages connect with you in some way. Every piece is unique just like you.
All of Blue Spruce Pottery's pots are made on a potter's wheel or hand built from slabs of clay. The clay and glazes are made using special formulas that have been developed over the past 30 years. All of the glazes are lead free and non toxic.
Blue Spruce's stoneware pottery is dishwasher, oven and microwave safe.
Raku pottery is meant to be decorative and should not be used to hold food or liquids. Clean only with a soft cloth and water.
A lot of care is put into each piece of our handmade pottery. We hope that our art brings enjoyment and happiness into your home.