Nov 182011

We will be hosting our annual Winter Open House on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – December 2nd-4th.  We will open each day starting at 9am with a fresh pot of locally roasted coffee and end the day just around dusk at 4pm.

Here are a few of the latest items out of the kiln!


And of course we have a good selection of our tableware, birdhouses and some seconds for you bargain hunters!

If you want to come out and have never been here before – send us and e-mail and we will send you directions.  And for those who know the way – see you in December!


Sep 292011

Well is certainly has been a great fall here in the Pacific Northwest.  The days are officially longer than the nights and we are spending more time in the studio.  Most of what I have been working on this month is related to a tile show that we will be attending this Saturday in Seattle.

As part of Artisan Tile Northwest we will be showing our city scape and newer sgraffito tiles at this October 1st event.  We have been having fun with this newer (for us) surface decoration technique.  But I also must confess that I had a bit of a glaze malfunction in this last load out of the kiln – and so will have less of this style work than I had planned at the show . . . . better luck next time!  But I am loving the freedom of the technique and the truly one of a kind results.  So expect to see more of this work in the future.  It still amazes me how much trial and error goes in to getting something right.

Here is some information on the tile show;

Jun 182011

We will be hosting our Summer Open House next Friday and Saturday – 9-4 , June 24th and 25th!

Come see what we have been working on – Holy Water fonts, pitchers, birdbaths, platters and more.  The gardens are beginning to look good too!

So if you are looking for a unique gift or just need an outing come join us.


May 052011

We will be open here at the studio this Friday and Saturday as we celebrate the work we have  been doing this winter.  Come see the best selection of garden art before we start our fair season, and new  table ware as well.

So if you are looking for a summer wedding gift, mother’s or father’s day present – come see if there is something to meet your needs.

We will be open 9am-4pm each day


Apr 142011

This Saturday, April 16th, is our first official outing of 2011.  We have been making new work since December and now we will start selling at the Farmers Market, Community Fairs and from the Studio.

The Tokeland Art Tour will run from 10am-5pm on the 16th.  And the food at the Historic Tokeland Hotel is good – in a classic old timey way.

Here is a photo taken as I  prepare  bird baths.  Once they come out of the kiln, I need to fit them with sticks.  

It creates a forest of sorts in the studio.

We have fired the kiln several times in the last month and I will post a few picture after we get back from the Tokeland Art Tour.

Mar 102011

The weather here has been both cold and wet.  This is not a subjective observation but a fact.  The average daily temperature has been  5 degrees colder than last year in the month of February.  And the rain gets judged by how many times a day we think we might be able to get in a walk before the deluge returns . . . and there have been very few walks lately!  In fact we had 10 inches of snow  – light fluffy snow!

So what has been going on while we have been nestled in the cozy studio?  Any thing but sleep really.  We have been working on garden art – new houses and baths, totems, as well as a few whimsical adventures into bunny land.  

The bunny bottle pictured below is part of my collaborative work with Agapanther Tiles.  I made the first one last fall for the Artisan Tile Northwest’s annual show in Seattle.  And I am working on two more  – just in time for spring.  The other two pieces are Dave’s and my response to “what should we do with these little bunnies I made”.  So we each created a box and used the little sculpted creatures for handles!  They should be ready by April to make an appearance at the Olympia Farmers Market, on one of our Thursday or Friday outings.  (We don’t go to the market every Thursday and Friday – so feel free to give a call if you are wondering when we are going)

Looking forward to getting out more – but I think we have made good use of the challenging weather!

Spring Bunnies

Sep 012010

Summer’s over!  I can tell, not by the weather but, by the amount of time we have been spending in the studio.  And being the new owner of a web site, I’ve also learned that finding the time to post in the summer is more difficult than the rest of the year, as the gardening and the desire to be outdoors is so compelling  that “indoor chores” fall far behind.

So here is what is happening this month.

We just finished setting up a show at Santa Lucia Coffee in Centralia.  I’m very pleased with it and encourage anyone who lives in the area or is coming up the I-5 corridor in the month of September to check it out.  Here is a link to their site for directions.  

It’s called “Sacred Water”.  I made a series of Shadow Boxes and Holy Water Fonts that speak to the essential nature of water in our lives.  From lakes and streams, to our places of worship, to a a good cup of coffee – water is at the heart of our existence.  Here are a few photos from that installation:

"Our Lady of the Morning"




"Holy Water"


Later in September we will be participating in a Garden Art show at City Peoples in Seattle.  The show runs from September 18 – October 17.  We will be displaying several Totems, Lanterns, and Birdbaths.
The final event on our current calendar is the Artisan Tile Northwest’s, Handmade Tile Festival.  October 2nd in Seattle’s Madison Park.  Check out the Artisan Tile Northwest web site for all the information on that show.

We have had a couple of great kiln loads in August and will be taking some of that fresh out of the kiln tableware to the Olympia Farmers market on September 2nd and 3rd, and later in the month too if the weather holds!

Jun 212010

Friday, June 25th through Sunday, June 27th we will be hosting our Summer Open House here at the studio.  We will be open each day from 9am-4pm

We have been doing our best to get the gardens ready for this event – not such an easy task in the unrelenting cold and wet we have been having.  The good news is that there seems to be more in bloom for late June, as most everything is lagging behind normal.

So if you are in the market for a unique piece of garden art, a gift of tableware for a special event or just an outing close to home – come join us next weekend!

Here are some directions to the studio:

From Interstate 5 in Olympia take Exit 104 for Hwy 101 and Aberdeen. ( You are 15 minutes from our studio. )  Stay to the left when Hwy 101 splits off and follow signs for Aberdeen on Hwy 8.  Proceed 7 miles and shortly after mile post 14 you will see our sandwich board on the edge of the road.  Take a right turn and follow the other signs.  

If questions, 360-866-3937.  Thanks for your interest.


Jun 012010

According to Webster:

1. A profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism.

It is official – I handed in my badge and keys last week and now I am – Unemployed, underemployed, or a full time potter!  The jury will be out on this one for a while . . .

All kidding aside, I am excited and a little anxious about starting this new phase of my work life.  Mostly excited.  For the first month I have some special orders that I will be working on – as well as our semi-annual open house and the Sorticulture fair in Everett.  Beginning in July, I hope to be taking a more purposeful approach to my work. I have this stack of paper in my workspace that is a collection of sketches and/or ideas that spring up when I don’t have time to act on them, and get filed in a large pile.  I think I will allow myself some time to go spelunking through this collection and see if anything still interests me.  And then – play with the ideas that emerge.

May 102010

Well, it really is the beginning of the fair season! We will be showing at the University Street Fair in Seattle on May 15th and 16th. Dave just finished firing the kiln tonight – so with any luck we will have several pieces literally “just out of the oven”.

This street fair is such an interesting mix of people and art and community – never a dull moment!

Here’s a fun fact:
In 1970 Dave attended one of the first University Street Fairs with a card table and about 20 pieces of pottery . . . he says he sold most of it!

So if you are in the area and want to stop by – we will be on the uphill (North) side of 45th -and on the West side of the street.

See you there!