squam art fair

I'm packing up to go to the lakes region of New Hampshire this weekend for a small evening show that I've heard many great things about - it's the Squam Art Fair at Rockywold Deephaven Camp on Squam Lake in Holderness.  It's this Saturday night, June 6th, from 7:30pm to 10pm. IMG_8694

And though I should be making pots for the wood kiln (firing in less than a month!), I decided to make a small batch of brand-new work for this event. ;)


Here's a link to the other fine vendors you'll find.  We're looking forward to being a part of this!


new pieces in our shop!

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.

There's also a couple of nice utensil crocks just listed - including this one (above) in a bold orange color, and another one that's sort of peachy with just ash on the outside.

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!





upcoming . . . this summer's events

We've got some great events coming up in the next three months!  Hope you can join us at one of them.

We'll have a table of our pottery at the 3rd Annual BALE fest in South Royalton, VT, on Thursday June 13th, from 3pm to 7pm (although the festival runs 'till 9).  It's a celebration of the growing strength of our local economy, including a farmers' market, educational workshops, live music, all kinds of food, stuff for kids, even a place to get your bicycle tuned up!  more info

We're also open at our home studio on *some* Fridays and Saturdays this month and next.  We'd love to show you, your friends, and family, around our new studio, showroom, and wood-kiln.  Find us open on the following Fridays, 2-6pm : June 14 & 21, July 12; and the following Saturdays, 12-4pm : June 15 & 22, July 13.  Stay tuned for updates on late summer + fall hours, and please call ahead if you're coming from a distance!

We're returning to the Lebanon (NH) Farmers' Market!  It's a wonderful, family-oriented market on the Town Green with live music, and local food galore.  You can almost always find tasty food for dinner, and enjoy the open-air concerts to follow at 7:30 in July and August.  more concert info  The market runs Thursdays 4-7pm, from now until Sept 26th, but we'll be there on June 20, 27; July 11, 25; August 15, 22, 29  (Please call us to confirm that we'll be there if you're coming from a distance!)  more market info

And we wouldn't want to miss the Yarmouth Clam Festival Craft Show!  Look for our booth:

Becca is celebrating 10 years (!) showing at this juried event, which takes place on the lawn of the North Yarmouth Academy, in Yarmouth, Maine.   The show runs July 19th- 21nd, from 10am to 9pm (Fri & Sat), 10am to 5pm (Sun). more info

And last, but definitely not least, is the 80th Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair, referred to by some as "Sunapee."  It takes place at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH (near New London/Dartmouth-Sunapee Region), from August 3- 11th this year.  It's the oldest craft fair in the country, running for nine whole days, with literally hundreds of handmade exhibitors, performances, and demonstrations.  The fair is open from 10am to 5pm daily, and open until 7pm on Friday the 9th!  We'll be in the same spot as the past few years - the very front of Tent #6, Booth 628.

If our July firing goes well, we'll have lots of brand-new wood-fired pottery at the Clam Festival and Sunapee Fair . . .

Hope you can join us!

Questions?  Need directions? Want to schedule another time to see our work?  Reach us at (802) 234-1320, or nathanandbecca@gmail.com.