Jeff Oestreich

Jeff Oestreich (b. 1947) was trained in the austere simplicity of traditional Asian pottery while serving as apprentice to Bernard Leach in England in the 1960s.

Driven to achieve a personal style, he overlaid this foundation with a passion for Art Deco design and a ceaseless exploration of glaze and decoration techniques. His signature “beaked pitcher” is the refinement of a personal challenge to combine form and function elegantly.

A highly regarded studio potter, Jeff has exhibited widely in museums and galleries world-wide, his work can be found in the outstanding collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Inchon World Ceramic Center, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art among others. He opens his studio to the public every year. it is a beloved tradition of the potters of the St. Croix Valley.

Jeff Oestreich is featured in the Crossroads episode of Craft in America.

See other work by Oestreich in our Virtual Exhibition

Jeff Oestreich, Altered Cups

Potter Jeff Oestreich decorates bisque ware

Potters Jeff Oestreich, Clary Illian, and Jason Trebs talk about the St Croix Pottery Tour

See objects from Craft in America: Expanding Traditions, a seven-city traveling exhibition that ran from 2007-2009, and other Virtual Exhibitions

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