About Brickyard Pottery
Brian and Mary Dosch opened Brickyard in 1980 with the goal of producing their own artwork… pottery, stained glass & etched glass… as well as selling other artists’ work in their gallery. The old Brickyard School has been home, work and gallery space for the couple and their two daughters for over thirty-five years. Producing and selling pottery and artwork remains their sole livelihood, with traveling, visiting both daughters in New York City and gardening keeping them busy.
The newest artworks being produced by Brickyard are our public mosaic installations.
What special events do you have at Brickyard? During May, we sell our own and other artists’ seconds and pieces that have not sold over the past year at enormously reduced prices.
In late September, we participate in the Fall Splendor “Art Meander” along with about a dozen other area galleries from Chetek to Spooner. We have demonstrations, visiting artists and refreshments. Maps will be available at each gallery, as well as online.
Our other annual event is our Holiday Open House on the Friday and Saturday right after Thanksgiving. We have a great inventory of items for gift-giving, gourmet appetizers, refreshments and prizes. Each November we celebrate our Holiday Open House. Other special events, sales or promotions are announced during the year, primarily via our e-newsletter.
How do I find out about these events? The best way to stay in touch is to sign up for our e-newsletter (click on the link on our home page). You’ll receive occasional coupons as well as Brickyard news. Otherwise, we try to keep our website updated, and you can always call us at 715 468-7341. Now, you can also check us out on Facebook. There’s lots of photos and information about new work, events, etc.
Do you do custom orders? Absolutely! We do custom dinnerware set orders as well as individual pieces. Always popular are our custom birdhouses with your family name, kids, hobbies, pets, etc. imprinted on them. We also do custom “name mugs.” In some cases, we will even work with your ideas for glazes, shapes, etc. Many of our new items come from your great ideas. In addition, Mary does custom glasswork. Whether it’s stained glass or sandblasted etched glass or mosaics, Mary can design a glass piece to your specifications.
Do you ship? Yes, anywhere in the world. Many customers come in and shop, then leave their purchases to be shipped home for them. We can also ship as a result of your phone or e-mail request. You may pay with a credit card or even easier, with Paypal. You don’t even need a Paypal account! Finally, check out our sales site, where you can point, click and order Brickyard pottery items in just a few seconds. Just click on the Etsy logo on our home page or here to get to our Etsy site. We add more and more items to the etsy website as fall and the holidays approach to help distant customers peruse a wide of selection of our work.
What other services do you provide? Customer service has always been our number one priority, so if you ask, we’ll do whatever we can to accommodate you. Mary often does home visits to discuss glasswork as part of your home decor. We will even deliver items to you within a reasonable distance. We have been a framing drop-off and pick-up site for Roger Sweeney’s Red Oak Framing business, so that you can purchase a painting, pick out a frame and come back in a couple of days to pick it up.
We have a gift registry for anyone who would like to enroll, but it has been most popular as a bridal registry. Setting up a special web page on Etsy for the couple’s registry, we make it very easy to pick out the item you want to purchase for them. We’ll gift wrap the gift and even deliver it to the newlyweds for you. Gift wrapping is always free for any Brickyard purchase. Great service is our goal. Check out our current gift registries.
Cooking and Baking with Brickyard Pottery
Most of our pottery is made of stoneware clay. Stoneware is a durable light-brown clay, and is very practical for everyday kitchen use. It is fired to 2350 degrees F. in a gas reduction kiln. The functional pottery at the Brickyard is lead-free and safe for cooking. It is dishwasher and microwave safe and ovenproof if used with care. Pottery is NOT capable of withstanding extremes in temperature, such as from the freezer or refrigerator to a hot oven. It should never be placed directly on a burner.
Baking in stoneware can result in some very nice surprises. Pie crusts come out very light and flaky; breads are extra crusty; casseroles stay moist and warm. If pre-heated with hot water, anything from coffee to soups will stay hot much longer in stoneware. Food preparation can be a much more enjoyable activity with hand-made pottery.
We continue to produce our basic items in our most popular glazes; however, we also strive to add new items, new styles and new glaze colors, often at the suggestion of our customers. If you are interested in items not shown on our website, feel free to e-mail us. We are happy to send digital images and information to you.