Jillayne and Jeff Waite
11880 Grouse Covey Lane
Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin 54568
On the tour we invite you to wander through our gardens and see the sculptures that we have made. We also have a labyrinth and an island garden with a pond and river.
FOR SALE: I create unique functional ceramic pieces as well as sculptures. We also will create a piece, a set of dishes or serving pieces on commission. You can help us design something for a special occasion or gift.
APPROACH I approach my art by getting lost in the clay. I often begin a piece with no specific idea of what I will create. Some days the nothingness gets the better of me. Some days I succeed. Most days it “becomes” and I get lost a second time making it into something. I love to create sculptures with many pieces, color and whimsy.
BEGINNINGS I took my first pottery class at the West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts in 1985. Got busy raising kids and career and in 2003 took a second class from Joan Slack at River Run. Set the idea aside again until 2012 when I found Leah Trojan teaching at the high school for Nicolet. And then… I decided this was my next chapter. I have thrown myself into clay headlong and love every moment I can be in my studio.
FAVORITE People often ask “what’s your favorite – wheel throwing or slab work?” Yes to both!
COLLABORATION When I make a sculpture that needs a base Jeff jumps in with his chain saw, sander and keen eye for the grains of wood to make my pieces have an added element. It’s fun collaborating together!
BACKGROUNDI have always made time for creating and art in my life. It is a real joy to be at a place in my life where my creativity can be a central focus. I am thankful to live in a place where I am surrounded with the quiet beauty that helps to inspire me.
Studio OPEN 10-12 every Wednesday or by appointment or chance