An opportunity to sell pots in a Door County, Wisconsin gallery introduced Judy and Thor to their future home on this northern peninsula bordering Lake Michigan. Gills Rock Stoneware (GRS) began in the loft of a commercial fishing shed in the village of Gills Rock, WI. After years of commuting back and forth from Illinois, Judy quit teaching and joined Thor in the business of making and selling pottery. In 1989, the couple bought a historic building in Ellison Bay, WI, which is the current home, studio, and gallery of Gills Rock Stoneware.
Today, GRS has grown to include a staff of 8 to 10 talented artisans who assist Judy and Thor in the production of a unique line of handmade pottery characterized by its strong shapes and bold colors. The work is both modern and classic, honoring the tradition of Thor’s teacher and mentor, Bauhaus trained potter Marguerite Wildenhain.