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Blue Spruce Pottery

Blue Spruce Pottery

Michael and Michele Gwinup’s journey with clay started while attending Western Oregon University in 1974. Michael was an art major and began taking pottery classes. Michele soon joined him. In 1976, they moved to Bend, Oregon and started their pottery business, Blue Spruce Pottery. In 2008, their daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Patrick Woodman, joined them in their pottery business. 


In March of 2022 Michael unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack while snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor. 


The family says: "We are finding our way forward as best we can and will continue his legacy of making beautiful handmade pottery." 


Michael was an amazing artist and a mentor to many and is missed by all who knew him.


Living between the Cascade Mountains and the High Desert of Central Oregon has had a great influence on their work. This beautiful landscape inspires much of the imagery, forms and textures that are used in creating our Stoneware and Raku pottery.


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.


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.


Blue Spruce Pottery have been a part of Mossy Creek Pottery since 2000.


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