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Welcome to WHITEFISH POTTERY! I first became interested in working with clay in 1982. I had been bitten by the “bug” while taking a short course on how to throw pottery on the potter’s wheel. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Art Education, I spent four years as a Jr. High School Art teacher making pottery in my spare time. I decided to attend graduate school at Penn State University and after receiving my Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics in 1987, returned to Wisconsin to continue teaching. Following another sabbatical from teaching to work as a production potter in Ohio, I chose to leave the teaching profession and in the summer of 1994 moved to Montana to open Whitefish Pottery.

Whitefish Pottery is now Open at its New location, 355 Twin Bridges Rd., 6 miles west of Whitefish and will be a little bit different than what customers have become accustomed to over the past 25 years.  Open most mornings from 9am – 1 pm, Tom says, ‘If the sign says Open, I am here, If it says Closed, I could be fishing, hiking, or just out having lunch.”  Please call ahead – 406-253-3161.


Whitefish Pottery changing course
at 25 years


Tom Gilfillan wants to focus on his own artistic projects.

After years of working himself and leading a team of employees who produce the pottery that gets shipped all over the county, Gilfillan is ready to create again.

“I want more time to work on the personal artwork of my choosing,” he while sitting on a bench in front of his shop on Central Avenue.

Whitefish Pottery and the Stillwater Gallery will remain open, but what’s for sale at the shop will be a little bit different than what customers have become accustomed to over the past 25 years.


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