JONATHAN & JAN WRIGHT


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Portrait of Jonathan & Jan Wright

Jonathan and Jan Wright began their journey with clay together in a college ceramics class, where Jonathan became fascinated with salt glazing, built a salt kiln, and began experimenting. After they married in 1986, the couple established a business, inspired by an exquisite antique salt-glazed stoneware pitcher collected years earlier by Jonathan’s mother.

Jonathan throws pots on the potter’s wheel and Jan decorates them with early American cobalt motifs. The magic of throwing salt into a white-hot kiln to form a clear, shiny glaze over the surface of the wares, then opening the kiln several days later to never-ending surprises, was—and still is—alluring beyond description. In 2002, they added historically based redware pottery to their line, delighted with the variety and color this added to their daily lives and inventory.

Through many labor-intensive steps, the Wrights take great care to achieve authentic, museum-quality pieces that collectors can pass along as heirlooms to future generations. Their work has been recognized in magazines, juried folk art shows, and historic sites and living history museums across the country. In 1999, they were invited to make a Christmas ornament for the Blue Room Christmas tree in the White House, which is now part of the White House’s permanent collection.

The Wrights find their quiet lifestyle as potters very suitable, enjoying family life intertwined with day-to-day business tasks. They love sharing their work with others and view it as a rare and treasured opportunity to contribute to the cultural preservation of our nation’s early heritage.

Crocker & Springer Ltd. Salt-Glazed Stoneware & Redware
25337 Beltrees Rd.
Elsah, IL 62028
Phone: 618-466-8624
Email: jonjanwright@gmail.com
Website: www.escapetoelsah.com/shopping

Jonathan & Jan Wright have been selected for the following Directories:

2017
Year: 2017, 
				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2016
Year: 2016, 
				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2015
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2014
Year: 2014, 
				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2013
Year: 2013, 
				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2012
Year: 2012, 
				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2011
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				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2010
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				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2009
Year: 2009, 
				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2008
Year: 2008, 
				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2007
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				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2006
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				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2005
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				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2004
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				Category: Pottery
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2003
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2002
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				Category: Pottery
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2001
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				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
2000
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				Category: Pottery
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1999
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				Category: Pottery
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1998
Year: 1998, 
				Category: Pottery
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1997
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				Category: Pottery
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1996
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				Category: Pottery
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1995
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				Category: Pottery
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1994
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				Category: Pottery
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1993
Year: 1993, 
				Category: Pottery
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1992
Year: 1992, 
				Category: Pottery
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1991
Year: 1991, 
				Category: Pottery
POTTERY
Biography updated July 9, 2017   Photograph updated October 27, 2016  Contact information updated March 23, 2017
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