Souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes, but Jobi Pottery brings a delightful story to travel treasures. Founded in 1953, Jobi Pottery keeps it local and handmade—each piece is created on the premises, painted freehand and fired in their pottery barn. We took a studio tour and talked all things pottery with owner Susan Kurtzman.
In 2004, Susan discovered Jobi Pottery was going out of business and bought it from the original owners to keep the idiosyncratic designs alive. From there, Susan has kept true to the Jobi identity—amping up the style quotient of the mascot Minnow that adorns many of the pieces. Hailing from a very serious background in ceramics, Susan is looking to expand the business this summer by opening a Jobi pottery shop and studio (read: more Jobi for you!) which leaves her little time to enjoy the Cape. But when she does have a spare moment, you can find her walking through the abandoned Air Force Base up at the Highlands in Truro. She explains, “It’s open to the public but people don’t know about. It’s a cool 1950s abandoned residential neighborhood, where trees are growing out of the abandoned houses and boarded up buildings.” Inspiration all around us, we say.