Friday, December 12, 2014


Some of you may recall that sometime last month, a woman named EC posted on my blog that she bought a pitcher at a second hand shop in Rhode Island, with a JZ stamp on it. Upon researching the JZ , she found my blog and realized that the pitcher was made by John Zentner. I asked her to send me photos and she was very kind to do so.

This pitcher is definitely John's, because there is his chop below the handle. I am thinking it is very early work. I don't have anything that looks like this and I have some pieces going back to the 80's that he and Bill Van Gilder made when they were working together. I am thinking this is perhaps from the 70's.

Here are some pitchers that he made in last few years before he died. This salt glazed one sits on my counter and we use it everyday. It fills the steamer on the wood stove, carries hot water to the studio to fill our throwing pails, and has watered many plants. It's a beauty and feels so good in your hands.

I just love this little one. It's on a shelf in the living room and I most often use it for sangria or cheap jug wine. It makes the cheap stuff taste so much better.

I thought this was a good day to share these pitchers with the world. John died six years ago today. Each year is a little easier, but the holiday season has never been the same since 2008.
If you are a new blog reader you can read about our story here or here.

Thank you EC for sharing photos of JZ's work from the past. I am glad that his pitcher found you. I think it is in good hands.


  1. wow, how wonderful to have that photo of John's early work

  2. What a lovely memory to share with us. He made some great pitchers.
    This is a hard time of year for loss. As you say it gets a bit easier every year, but we never stop carrying loved ones in our hearts.

  3. This is a great story. May you always find some smiles in the remembering.

  4. How lovely that she found you & shared her treasure. I especially love the salt glazed pitcher. He did lovely work.

  5. What a lovely post. Again, I am sorry for your loss. What a beautiful and varied body of work he shared. I guess this reiterates the importance of signing your work. Glad to have found you,


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