Jim Schatz designs and handcrafts products from the inside out to make common things in a wonderfully unique and innovative way. He gets meaningful results because it involves him completely.
Jim turns his life inside out quite frequently to see clearly and make things that work. Over the past few years it has been about eggs, then light and eggs, then birds, then birds and eggs and food, then birds and eggs and houses...you get the picture. Some things work, some don’t, but the process is ongoing.
The process begins with clay and a sense of wonder. Jim and the team take inspired ideas to task, creating ceramic ware that is pierced, scratched, carved, drilled, glazed and fired into beautifully finished products. These are incorporated into Jim’s daily life and subjected to the wonder test to become a wonder-certified J Schatz product.
The wonder test is quite simple. If a product inspires wonder throughout the weeks, months and years that Jim lives with it, the product will be produced. Customers confirm Jim’s findings in heartfelt letters, e-mail and phone calls of praise, motivating J Schatz to continue creating products that expose the wonders of life.
Today the company has sixteen product lines. Thousands of products are sold to satisfied customers throughout all fifty states and in 14 countries.
We at J Schatz are dreamers and explorers. All products are created to fit in harmony with the environment. We employ local artists, use energy-saving production methods, and our packaging contains 80% recycled content. Each product leaves our studio beautifully finished, complete with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Now Pouring Stoneware
In 2011 we took the big step of transforming our most popular earthenware product lines into stoneware. We are extremely excited about this transition to stoneware as it allows us to improve the quality and durability of our products.
Stoneware is fired to a higher temperature in the kiln than earthenware clay and consequently are less likely to chip and can endure greater temperature extremes. Stoneware also requires more skill and technical ability in order to achieve a perfectly molded, prepared, glazed and fired product.
Stoneware pieces must also be fired twice-once before glazing and once after, which means more time, energy and labor to create each piece. We undertook the effort to transition to stoneware because we want each piece we create to simply be the finest of its kind. We hope you get to know our new stoneware products and enjoy them for many years to come.
Indulge in a moment of wonder with a J Schatz product today.