7.25.2010

Guy Wolff Pottery at Restoration Hardware

One of Martha's favourite potters is Guy Wolff. Based in Washington, Connecticut,Guy was discovered by Martha years ago on one of her many excursions through the state to seek out the best craftspeople and artisans. He has since become her favourite potter and her homes are filled with examples of his pieces, many of them custom-made for Martha. Wolff has been doing his art since 1971 and he is a big believer in architectural pottery, pots that stand the test of time, both in terms of their functionality and their style. Drawing inspiration from the 18th and 19th centuries, Wolff is as prolific as any of the great masters. Martha has had him on her show numerous times and always extolls the virtues of his work.

Now, any of us can enjoy the beauty of his work in our own homes, thanks to a recent wholesale partnership with Restoration Hardware, a home-furnishings store that launched in California over 30 years ago and that, today, has become a leader in the industry. You can view some of his pieces below or at the Restoration Hardware website.

Here is Martha trying her hand at pottery in Guy's Connecticut studio with Guy as her guide.The line of Guy Wolff pottery at Restoration Hardware comes in both classic terra-cotta and in white clay, part of his Regency collection, which is exclusive to Restoration Hardware.Graceful lines and soothing tones define the style of these "Long-Tom" pots in the Regency Collection. Long Toms are a traditional favourite for bulb planting and deep-rooting plants.Molded handles embellish these elegant Peabody pots, named after a small Massachusetts town that was the center of pottery creation in America during the 18th Century.One of Wolff's best-loved creations is his classic orchid pot. This particular one is based on the style of those found at the conservatory at Windsor Castle in England. The holes in the pot allow the orchid's roots to breathe, which is required for their survival and healthy growth.These ceramic seed pans are so lovely, embossed with multiple stamps of Wolff's classic insignia. They are also perfect for succulents and cacti plantings inside the home.

9 comments:

Jim said...

I got to see Guy @ work @ Old Sturbridge Village a few years ago. Amazing work. I believe his son has joined him making the pottery.

ANDREW RITCHIE said...

Yes, he does beautiful work. His son, Ben, is also a talent in his own right.

Ailsa said...

Andrew, do you know if these pots are from his own shop? I carried a version of them in my store several years ago when they first hit the wholesale market and they were actually being manufactured in Mexico. They were lovely but not authentic.

ANDREW RITCHIE said...

Given their low cost and vast quantities, I'm assuming they are not pots made by Guy Wolff himself, but the shapes and designs are his.

Kenn said...

I love my Guy Wolff pots.. they have aged nicely after several years of use.
He's an amazing talent

Bill said...

As of this posting, the pots are on sale here in Chicago (50% off). I am sure it is Nation wide. I have some of them. The have a "Made in China" sticker on them, so not Mexico or USA. They are nice.

Anonymous said...

Most, if not all, Guy Wolff Pottery is not made by him, but in fact overseas. Ben's pots, on the other hand, are American handmade by Ben himself.

guywolff said...

flowerpotWhat fun to find this . All the pots made by me at my shop say "G Wolff" on them and cost a fair American price . If they are made by potters I have trained all over the world they say "G Wolf &Co.and I hope are really inexspensive . The idea was to get good pots into the market at a resonalble price for gardeners all over America . I have al lot of this explanned at my website . Thanks for the great pictures of the G wolff& co pots .. All the best , Guy

Bev Lethbridge said...

I love these planters by guy wollf that I purchased from a Canadian garden centre a few years ago. I am trying hard to contact the
studio, but no luck. Finally emailed so that I can ensure the studio is open, next Wednesday, the 3rd.
Would love to be able to purchase some more!!!


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