Our Staff

We are the best in the business and ready to help in any way that we can.

It takes an entire studio of highly skilled individuals working as a team to produce the level of quality and craftsmanship that goes out our doors each day. Over 24 pairs of hands touch each piece – that begins as a lump of clay and ends as a twice-fired piece of Deneen Pottery. Pictured to the right (in our always warm kiln room) is the whole Deneen Pottery team – even Olive, our shop dog. Please feel free to scroll down to learn a little bit more about leadership team.

Peter Deneen

CEO

I have never had more fun than I am right now – and I remain focused on producing the best stoneware for our customers.

Niles Deneen

President

Favorite part of working at Deneen Pottery? Everything! Working alongside and inspiring our awesome staff and assisting our incredible customers. Getting to be around such a creative process and talented artists - the variety of 'opportunities' that fill my day keep me on my toes. Witnessing the transformation from proof to product.

Favorite mug style and glaze combo? That's like asking which child I like the most. I love all the styles and colors!

Favorite spot / restaurant / thing to do in Minnesota? In the summer it's gotta be our backyard. Cooking on the grill, eating outside with kids and dogs running a muck. Winter would be Lutsen skiing or snowboarding, Grand Marais and xc-skiing too!

Important Fact:
I am a LEO and love attention, but like to avoid the spotlight.

Martha Winter & Mary Deneen

The “Mothers” of Deneen Pottery

We enjoy being creative consultants and helping tend to this wonderful “business family.” What a joy it is to see it grow and flourish because we strongly believe that…”Nowhere is beauty more important than in the objects we use everyday” – Marguerite Wildenhain

Sara Kube

Director of Operations

Favorite part of working at Deneen Pottery? The people.

Favorite mug style and glaze combo? Camper/denim.

Favorite spot / restaurant / thing to do in Minnesota? Tandem Vintage, Walker Art Center, Mango Thai, and Merriam Park Library.

Important Fact: I don't own a TV.

Annie Deneen

Controller

Kristen Adam

Executive Assistant / Customer Service

Favorite part of working at Deneen Pottery? Being part of a great team and working with our customers.

Favorite mug style and glaze combo? Abby in Peacock w/Blue White.

Favorite spot / restaurant / thing to do in Minnesota? Favorite spot: my porch. Favorite restaurant: The Happy Gnome. Favorite thing to do: Visiting Duluth and exploring the north shore.

Important Fact: I’m full of useless information.

Pat Snell

Customer Support

Favorite mug style and glaze combo? Too many to mention.

Favorite part of the mug making process? Watching the potters throw. Seeing the mugs fresh out of the kiln.

Favorite thing to do in Minnesota? Spend the weekend at a cabin

Important fact? I’m a twin.

Karen Conkey

Customer Service / Inside Sales

Favorite part of working at Deneen Pottery?
All the different types of businesses we get to work with & selling something I LOVE and am proud of. =)

Favorite mug style and glaze combo? Tall Belly…Black w/ Sand White

Favorite thing to do in Minnesota? All things on the North Shore!!!! (camping, agate hunting, eating pasties…)

Important Fact: Have a Harley Davidson Fatboy that I love going for rides on!!!

Texas Teena

Art Director

Favorite part of working at Deneen Pottery? I love making art that I can then see across the country when I travel. Friends and family visit places and send me photos of the mugs they encounter and purchase. It is always a thrill and honor to be a part of this company!

Favorite mug style and glaze combo? I am a huge fan of green... Kiwi/Navy White is pretty awesome at the moment.

Favorite spot / restaurant / thing to do in Minnesota? I use to live downtown right beside the Saint Paul Farmers Market. That is my favorite spot to visit - and eat - and purchase.

Important Fact? I am Texas Teena. - The only satellite for the Deneen family company. Even in the almost 20 years I lived in Minnesota my accent never wained - thus the nickname that stuck.

Laura Ahrendt

Graphic Designer

Favorite part of working at Deneen Pottery? Seeing all the unique customers and designs that come through!

Favorite mug style and glaze combo? Footed mug/sage with burgundy white.

Favorite spot / restaurant / thing to do in Minnesota? A great day for me would be wandering the Minneapolis Institute of Art and then grabbing dinner at Hola Arepa.

Important Fact: I played French Horn for 12 years.

Olive

The Shop Dog – Minigolden Doodle

Nothing makes me happier than getting to greet people when they come to visit us! I’ve got a pretty sweet set up in the office – my own leather chair to sit on, and a custom doggie dish with my name on it. When you come please bring me a treat, I love treats!

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