GR Pottery Forms was launched at the 2014 NCECA conference in Milwaukee through our first distributor, Rovin Ceramics. We nearly sold out in the first day of the three day conference. Now we have over 45 US distributors and 8 International distributors, as well as an active social media presence and eCommerce store.
Jeff Rottman designed the forms to make his own work as a production potter in 2002. Prior to that, he worked as a merchandiser/sales rep in Home Improvement stores where he had began to wonder if one of the multiple wood materials would work more efficiently than plaster. The current starter set represents the sizes he used the most.
He then added tools and tricks along the way, problem-solving his way into a whole line of products. Being a full-time production potter and offering classes to the community around him helped to develop the business. Sharing ideas, learning from the participants in classes, and garnering the support of the pottery community was also a big part of the development.
Keep solving problems and you will be surprised where you end up.
Thanks so much for your support! Especially those of you who have been a part of this from the beginning! As a small business, we've overcome big hurdles, and we owe that to all of you.
We hope you find great success with clay and enjoy using the forms.
All the Best,
Your GR Pottery Forms Team