St. Paul company behind many tourist mugs grows at intersection of art and manufacturing
The founding family of 50-year-old Deneen Pottery of St. Paul is on a growth mission again.
"All dad ever wanted was to make beautiful mugs," said CEO Niles Deneen. "All I want is a good business that supports us."
Deneen was founded by potter Peter Deneen, a Luther College art graduate who apprenticed under the acclaimed late potter Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Pottery in California.
But Deneen Pottery is more than an art collective.
"We're trying to step it up a little," said Peter Deneen, 72, in an understatement. "Orders are backed up several months."
Deneen Pottery recently invested more than $500,000 in a new kiln and related equipment that will fire up to 1,800 mugs. The bugs are still getting worked out.
Deneen Pottery plans to grow production from nearly 3,000 mugs per day to 3,400. And increase annual revenue from about $8.5 million to $10 million by 2025.
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