Julie Harbal has had a passion for Packer Creek Pottery since the early age of fourteen, when she started to train under Jan Pugh’s tutelage. Over her many years with the company, she has gained a thorough knowledge of the business, and continues to fall in love with the product. “I am just so honored to carry on the legacy Jan has built at Packer Creek Pottery.” When asked about the favorite part of her day, Julie replies it is twofold, “Delivering locally handmade products that are beautiful and cheerful, to our awesome clientele whom I look forward to interacting with each day. As well as working with the phenomenally talented artisans we are fortunate to have on our team. Every day is a beautiful day at the pottery shop!”
Jan Pugh has had a lifelong passion for pottery. After completion of art school in 1979, Jan returned to her hometown of Genoa, Ohio, to set up a studio. This was the beginning of Jan's signature style and the start of Packer Creek Pottery. The business quickly outgrew its tiny one room studio into its current multi-building complex located in charming downtown Genoa. Over its many years in business, Jan has trained many skilled artisans in her technique and majolica pottery. The dedication to quality and the unique, whimsical, and colorful designs are a tradition that will continue on at Packer Creek Pottery.
Chach has worked at Packer Creek Pottery for over twenty years. In his tenure, he has worked in a variety of capacities with a current specialization in our clay forming departments. He is a master at slip casting and press forming. His attention to detail and zero waste approach keeps our operation clean and lean. When asked what he enjoys about his work, he sites the fun work environment, making unique things with his hands, and the emphasis on quality and detail that is allotted in making each piece. In his spare time, Chach designs and builds beautifully detailed wooden crafted toys from scratch. Chach always has a smile on his face and is a joy to be around.
Bethany has worked at Packer Creek Pottery since 2006 and has a thorough knowledge of the entire production process. She is a dedicated artisan and has a formal training in ceramics. She is a master at all things in clay forming, including the traditional throwing forms on a potter’s wheel, which is her favorite thing to do. She is always interested in learning more about our process, is committed to researching new techniques, and seeing projects through from start to finish. Bethany is also a very talented decorator. She enjoys traveling to tropical locations that are off the beaten path, crafting, and news radio.
Since 2001, Judy has worked in a variety of capacities and has a thorough knowledge of the business. Her current focus in the studio is in the glazing stage of our process. She meticulously touches up the dipped glazed pots and prepares their surfaces for decorating. Judy keeps our studio organized and our decorators happy. She enjoys the variety of tasks she is exposed to in a typical day at the shop, from helping customers in the gallery to working with the decorators and seeing how their styles are each unique and different. “Out of all the jobs I have had, this is my favorite place to work!” Judy enjoys camping, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Ann has been a part of the Packer Creek Pottery family for fifteen years. She is an excellent decorator, painting with an ease and light-heartedness that only a true talent can execute. Her favorite part of her job is painting. “I love the ability to express myself artistically. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and my co-workers.” Ann is also very funny, and has a brilliant sense of timing with her delivery. She certainly keeps us laughing! She enjoys camping, minor gardening, and crafting. “You are only as old as you feel!”
Trina is a brilliant decorator and her creativity continues to delight customers. “Thirteen years later I am amazed that I have been so lucky to get to be a part of this company and its products. To get to have a job where I get to have creative freedom, add a touch of whimsy to the pieces I paint, and put beautiful colors together is my wish come true. My favorite part of the day?—Popping open the kiln in the morning and checking out the pretties! *Bliss*” Trina enjoys reading, riding her motorcycle, and spending time with her family.
Allyson has worked at Packer Creek Pottery since 2007. In her term, she has become proficient in many areas of production including clay forming, glazing, and her current area of focus-decorating. She embodies collaboration and teamwork. Al is light hearted, fun to be around, and has a laugh that will brighten up the room. “The favorite part of my day is creating the one of a kind pieces of pottery and seeing the joy our craft brings to our loyal customers.” Her hobbies are spending time with her husband and sons, the outdoors, and crafting.
Jana joined our team in 2014 and is doing a fabulous job in our decorating department. She has a beautiful execution and interpretation of design. “I really enjoy the creative aspect of the work, painting and trying new things. It has been exciting to see the patterns I am able to paint.” Jana enjoys our spring items, especially the watering can shaped vases. She enjoys reading, shopping, spending time with her family, and cheering her children on at their sporting events.
“We really do have the BEST customers. They have great taste and high expectations and it is my pleasure to assist them in selecting the perfect piece for a gift or an item for their personal collection. I enjoy providing a memorable shopping experience for our customers through excellent customer service.” Beth is dedicated to delivering the finest shopping experience to our customers, and has been doing so at Packer Creek Pottery since 2007. She gives great care to understanding our customer's needs and tastes in helping them find the perfect piece of pottery. Beth loves to cook and vacation in warm tropical locations. She adores her family.
Pam joined the Packer Creek Pottery family in 2014. A native of Genoa, Pam has been a long time customer. “It’s a happy, beautiful, colorful place to work. I love it that so many people love our product and we get to assist them in their purchases.” Pam has an eye for design and helps to create beautiful displays in our gallery. When asked about her favorite piece, she says she loves them all, especially our new Love Birds pattern. In her free time, Pam enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, golf and bowling.
Anna has worked at Packer Creek Pottery since 2012, but has been a customer forever and remembers back when Jan would travel to local art fairs. She enjoys the diversity of activity during a typical day at the pottery shop. She loves interacting with customers and getting to know them, and is great with technology. Anna is an admitted mug-a-holic and has quite a large collection of Packer Creek Pottery mugs, including some large custom mugs. Anna enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren, cooking, photography, and exercise.
As an interior designer with over 25 years experience, Lisa is able to assist customers in selecting pottery that fits with the aesthetic of their spaces. "One of my favorite patterns is Katie Daisy, as it has so many colors that can be incorporated in numerous settings. But ultimately, I encourage customers to start with a neutral, such as one of our white or black cabbage platters and build with color from there." If a customer is unsure which patterns or colors work in their home, Lisa is available for design consulting.
Before joining the Packer Creek Pottery family in the fall of 2017, Cathy thoroughly enjoyed visiting the gallery. "I truly appreciate the unique craftsmanship and creativity that is present in every piece." Cathy enjoys working with customers to help them in selecting the specific pattern and style that speaks to them. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and speding quality time with her family.
Cerise is a new member of the sales team, but as an art enthusiast, it didn't take long for her to become captivated with Packer Creek Pottery. "I'm completely enamored with the whimsy of the Candy and Black Gift Wrap patterns!" With over 15 years of customer service experience, Cerise thrives on making sure every individual finds exactly what they are looking for. As a Commercial Art graduate, she will also be assisting with design projects and looks forward to innovating Packer Creek Pottery's web presence. Cerise enjoys reading, crafting and woodworking in her spare time.
Since early 2017, Angela has been working a range of positions in both our studio and gallery. "I love to work in such a creative environment and help customers create unique custom designs to add to their collections." In her free time she likes to hand-make books and spend time with her husband and cats.