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Back in June, we opened our Etsy shop, TwoPotters.
Birds, bikes, and flowers . . . having fun with the layered, washed look of this white slip. (It also happens to have an incredibly lovely feeling in your hand!)
And the last of the garden veggie pots for summer (and maybe for a while - if you've admired this style, snap 'em up, folks!).
Everything is moving a little slower around here these days (OK, maybe it's just ME that's moving slower!), but I've finally gotten a nice selection of new wood-fired pottery photographed and posted for sale in our online shop. Here are some photo highlights of what's available (each photo is a direct link to the piece in our shop) . . .
This was a new vase shape this year, styled after the vintage french flower buckets I love so much.
Our new mason jar shapes were a big hit at shows - we made a bunch of sizes and styles, looking like small jelly jars (as in the ones with green glaze) or pint or quart canning jars. While they don't take a screw lid (now that would be a feat of engineering reserved for slip-casting!), they are fun to drink wine or lemonade out of, use as vases, or to hold pencils or some such thing. The shape is so classic and pleasing, I think.
Nathan made this gorgeous pitcher . . . it's one of the best examples of a natural ash glaze, topped only by the piece below . . . designed as a tall handle-less cup for tea, with a nice saucer to boot. This piece is also glazed completely with wood ash in a multi-day firing. The range of colors and textures takes the cake!
My pebble or stones designs have evolved over the years. I love pooling glaze - in this case blue celadon - around the stones, each individually formed of the same clay as the plate itself - and inset in the center and the rim. This plate is otherwise glazed and colored only with ash and flame.
These are what I call my 'flower bowl' design. The narrow vase in the middle of the bowl holds a few flowers nicely, and the little cut-out at the base provides water to the stems. They make a great centerpiece or window sill display. Beyond being great for herbs or flowers in the spring, summer, and fall, we use ours at the holidays for balsam greens and holly berries.
Mugs, mugs galore! There are bunch of new coffee and tea mugs in our shop, as well as some bigger ones that we tend to call 'brew fest' mugs. The orange one below and this one were thrown by Nathan and I did the handles, the slip and the glaze. :) We like mixing it up like that sometimes. I had fun working on a different shape, and even better, we both really liked the final result.
Last but not least, there's a nice butter keeper with a matte pumpkin color outside and deep red glaze inside. If you haven't used one of these, you *might* become a convert. :) You can keep butter fresh out on the counter! Butter gets packed into the 'cup' part of the lid, and water goes in the crock below it. It makes a seal, but keeps the butter fresh and the best part - super soft and spreadable. It's a joy to butter your morning toast! (Every butter keeper now comes with a 'how-to-use-me' card including some little tips we've learned over the years.)
There's quite a bit more to see in the shop, so have a look if you have a minute.
As things sell, we always try to replace them, but please feel free to email us to ask about anything in particular. We almost always have other pieces in the showroom here at the studio, and are happy to send photos.
If pieces sell out entirely (which often happens with things like flower bowls and butter keepers and sometimes mugs), we can put your name on our 'wish list' and we'll hold one from the next firing for you!
Thanks so much for supporting folks like us making handmade craft!
I've often heard it said that creative people need to be making. I find this to be very true. Over the years, I have known myself to be healthier and more balanced when I'm making something. Anything, really.
Because as it turns out, it doesn't so much matter what the medium is. Sure, clay is often a first choice for both of us, one that holds our attention and satisfies a certain
addiction to need for productivity.
But I've also found a lot of creative enjoyment while cooking, doing carpentry, making cards, designing logos, growing vegetables, even splitting and stacking firewood. We have a potter friend who has found satisfaction in everything from wooden spoons to his current pursuit, handmade skis.
This winter, as we find ourselves 'between' pottery studios - and working diligently at finishing our very own - I've found a lot of joy in this bowl of yarn. It's been years since I knit with any regularity, but it's proving to be just the thing to satisfy a certain craving to make.
And in this season of fewer salad greens and more root veggies, it seems an appropriate re-purposing for our favorite wood-fired salad bowl. ;)
We'll be posting new work in our online shop today, lucky Friday April 13th at noon. This post will include our new handmade mugs, pitchers, bud vases, and even a selection of Becca's brand-new hand-painted, hand-drawn notecards. These cards are packaged in sets of five flat- not folded- notecards featuring Becca's playful flower designs. Each one is hand-painted and hand-drawn, and includes five 'invitation' size envelopes.
Check it out! And thanks for supporting the handmade work of independent artists and craftspeople!