Jobi in the Press

Since Jobi Pottery has been in business since 1953 there have been many articles written. We have a nice selection of press articles listed below for your browsing pleasure.

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Glossed and Found Visits Jobi Pottery


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.

Jobi Pottery recognized by Cape Cod Life magazine as the Best of the Outer Cape Arts and Crafts.

Best of the Outer Cape Arts and Crafts 2020

Jobi Pottery recognized by Cape Cod Life magazine as the Best of the Outer Cape Arts and Crafts.

Jobi Pottery on Chronicle

Chronicle visits with Susan Kurtzman, the Jobi Pottery lady, at her Truro gallery. See how Susan keeps this 60 year old Cape Cod tradition alive.

Cape Cod Life – Jobi Pottery

Using the fine point of a small paintbrush, Susan Kurtzman whips two strokes of black over a splotch of blue on an unglazed white pottery bowl, and, voilà, a fish appears. A rapid-fire dot of black makes an eye, and a hasty squiggle yields the illusion of gills. Creating this little minnow has taken five seconds . . . or less. Kurtzman continues. More and more minnows—yellow, red, and green—take shape until there’s an entire school swimming on the surface of the bowl. She puts it down, picks up a plate, and repeats the artistic choreography. Nothing could seem simpler; a kid could do it, many would say, and that’s where they’d be wrong.


Best of the Outer Cape Arts and Crafts 2010

Jobi Pottery recognized by Cape Cod Life magazine as the Best of the Outer Cape Arts and Crafts.

All Access Jobi Pottery in Truro, MA

Cat visits with Susan Kurtzman, the Jobi Pottery lady, at her Truro gallery. See how Susan keeps this 50 year old Cape Cod tradition alive.

Coastal Living Magazine

Jobi Pottery Featured in Coastal Living Magazine, December, 2010.

Kurtzman Nominated For ‘Artists Under the Dome’

Susan Kurtzman, who owns Jobi Pottery in Truro, with state Sen. Julian Cyr, who nominated Jobi for inclusion in Artists Under the Dome, an annual State House event. “It was thrilling, to be sure,” said Kurtzman of learning a Jobi piece would join the collection featuring representative works from every district. “I selected a green oval platter decorated with black Truro minnows — one of the traditional Jobi designs,” she said. Kurtzman bought Jobi in 2003, bringing some new design ideas to the project, but also determined to carry on the hand-painted, slip-cast style pottery designs first made in 1952 by Joe Colliano and Bill Hastings (thus “Jobi”). The two sold their work from a hot-dog stand next to the lighthouse, Kurtzman said. “They tended bar there, and they hauled Bill’s Hammond organ to the hotel and Joe played piano,” she said. By 1956, their pottery had become a full-time occupation. “It’s a Truro thing,” said Kurtzman. (Photo Nancy Bloom)

The Art Scene at Depot Road

TAKE A DRIVE DOWN Depot Road in the center of Truro and it’s like going back 100 years in time. There are more trees now and fewer farms, but it still has some of the most historic homes in town. Surprisingly, this quiet road has now become THE place for art in Truro.



Through a synchronistic turn of events, Susan Kurtzman, returned to her youthful passion of pottery and design. As the owner of Jobi™ Pottery, a Cape Cod cottage industry, Kurtzman carries on the tradition of hand made, hand painted pottery begun by the original owners, Joe Colliano and Bill Hastings, in 1951. Since buying Jobi Pottery four years ago from second owners, the Locke family, Kurtzman has been fascinated by its local history. The name Jobi is well known and respected, Kurtzman says, “I’m proud of carrying on this Truro tradition.”


Jobi Pottery in Boston Globe Magazine

Baker’s dozens

A kitchen in Truro is built for baking – and to showcase an extensive pottery collection.

Susan Kurtzman was 19 when she began collecting two kinds of ceramics: Italian Deruta majolica and kitschy cow-shaped creamers. Little did she know then that the craft would figure large in her life, from her career to her kitchen.