"So... who's Georgie?"
(with one of the dogs she loved so much
and brought to work every day.)
|Dick Tonneson & Linda Mazer
(current owners of Georgies,
carrying on her tradition of service)
We've heard this question many times over the years as we've met new
customers and friends. It always brings a pang, followed by
a smile, as we remember her. There's no easy or single way to
answer the question. Georgie Tonneson was an owner of the company
that bears her name. She set the ideals of service and fun that
we work to reach. Most important to us, she was our mom.
company was established in 1965 under the name "Irene's
Objets d'Art" by Selmer Jacobson, Georgie's father. Georgie
purchased the company in 1975 and renamed it "Georgie's
Plaster Shoppe." Her goal was to provide a way for her
three children to afford college.
the late 70s, our father Rich left his job of 21 years as an
accountant to help run the growing business. Georgie employed
over 20 people in making finished and unfinished decorative
plasterware. Our current main building was erected in 1979.
faded quickly, and Georgie's entered the field of ceramics in
1980 with a backbone line of Duncan products. The second building,
our mold warehouse and greenware store, went up in 1982. During
the early 80s, all three of us graduated from the University
of Oregon and rejoined the family business. Those were wild
times in the ceramic industry. At one point, we even made the
evening news because there was so much traffic coming to our
We're sorry to say that Georgie passed away in 1985, at the early age of 49, after a
decade-long battle with cancer. She died with the hope that
we would continue the company and follow her ideals of providing
good service and a fun atmosphere for both employees and customers.
entered the field of pottery in 1986 by purchasing and integrating
Richard's Pugmill, a pottery supply company. In the years that
followed, we added clay mixing machines, a third warehouse and
a pottery gallery. In 1991, we purchased the balance of the
company from our father. In 1995, we expanded further into 3-D
art supplies by acquiring Art-Pak, another local supplier. Shortly
after that, we added hydraulic presses to make dinnerware for
2000, we expanded to a fourth location by acquiring Oregon Clay
Company. As the economy turned downward in 2001, we decided
to close two of our locations, in Beaverton and Salem -- but
then grew again in a new direction by creating the Basic Fire
Studio & Gallery. In 2003, our brother Stan left the company
to pursue other life interests.
our employees are empowered to do their best, and they're praised
accordingly. We train to provide a customer-driven, service-oriented
company with an atmosphere of caring and encouragement. We strive
to say "Yes!" to your requests.
ideals live on. Our commitment to you, our current and future
customers, is to keep reaching for those goals and exceed our
past performance. What was good enough yesterday may not be
good enough today, and almost certainly won't be good enough tomorrow. Let
us know how we're doing. We can always be reached, and we welcome
your comments. Thank you!
-- Linda & Dick