Have you ever given any thought to where your coffee mug comes from? Go ahead, turn over your mug and look, [but make sure it’s empty first – Doh!] When we were deciding on where to get our coffee mugs for the Hidden Moose Lodge, (important in our line of business), we decided to “go local”. For many years we’ve been serving our morning coffee to sleepy guests in locally made mugs from Whitefish Pottery. Tom Gilfillan, [aka. “Tom the Potter”], owner of Whitefish Pottery, is one of the biggest Bruce Springsteen fans we know, [if not THE biggest], and a talented potter as well. He and his wheel spinning crew hand throw each Hidden Moose logo’d mug and glaze them in a variety of beautiful colors.
Besides Hidden Moose coffee mugs, Whitefish Pottery, make a variety of handcrafted items from cookie jars to wine crocks to serving bowls that are sold in their downtown retail store, Stillwater Gallery. In addition to their pottery, they also feature wonderful local artwork, crafts and other handmade pottery at their store.
Other “fun facts” about Tom’s business:
- Whitefish Pottery was commissioned to make the “official” coffee mug for the Glacier National Park Centennial celebration. How cool is that?
- You can take a free tour of their pottery studio (about 5 miles from downtown Whitefish), to see how they actually make, fire & glaze their creations.
- Stillwater Gallery is one of 13 galleries that participate in “Gallery Nights” – Held from May-October each year on the first Thursday of the month in Whitefish. Local galleries & shops stay open late, lay out free refreshments and feature a variety of special artist exhibitions.
- Each year Whitefish Pottery holds an anniversary party for the whole community out at the studio location. This year’s 18th anniversary bash will be on Friday May 10th – with live music, food and libations – it’s always a blast.
Our guests often purchase a Hidden Moose Lodge mug handmade by Whitefish Pottery as a memento of their stay with us. It’ll not only looks cool on their desk at work, but they swear their coffee tastes better!
For more on Whitefish Pottery visit their website at: www.whitefishpottery.com or find them on Facebook.
Author: Sarah Stewart