Who We Are

Oak Openings Pottery was founded in 2010 by John Thies and Tiffany Hyland. With over 40 years experience, John is a master potter, kiln designer and builder. He is the designer of the first Manabigama kiln, and subsequently collaborated on the refined design in use today at the studio and over 100 locations across the globe; including sites in North America, Europe, India and New Zealand. Tiffany began working with clay over 10 years ago as a recreational potter. Today she enjoys producing her own works, collaborating with John, and running the day-to-day operations of the studio.


We are located just west of Oak Openings Park and south of downtown Swanton Ohio. We are available daily by appointment.

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