The Kiln is Open!

New Soda-Fired Stoneware

This fall, I've spent all my free time working on a new collection of utilitarian stoneware, that is fired to 2350 degrees F in a "soda-fired" kiln atmosphere. 

All the pots are food safe and will clean up easily in the dishwasher or by hand in the sink.  In fact, sometimes a guest in our kitchen will volunteer to wash the dishes so they can handle each of the pots we've used for a meal.  My hope is that you will enjoy some of these handmade pots for dinners with friends and family, or simply enjoy living with them in your home.   

New Spring Collection 

Launches Today!

I'm in the process of getting all the new pieces on the website, but it's very time consuming.  See below for the first batch!

Thanks for your patience!

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Studio Prototypes

Over the years, I've done a lot of product development for wholesale pottery lines, both for Napa Home & Garden, as well as Smith & Hawken, Restoration Hardware and others.  Here are some of the most recent pieces, made over the past 2 or 3 years.  Most never made it any further than my studio, so these are one of a kind or very short production runs where I was just exploring an idea.  Some worked better than others.  And some were tests for my first soda firing, so have the toasty surface texture found on soda-fired stoneware.  I'm cleaning out the studio to get ready for spring, so I thought I'd make some of these available. 

If you buy 2, you'll get a 3rd one free! 

Use the coupon code PROTOTYPE at checkout.

Handmade Garden Pottery in the Time of Social Distancing

In the age of corona-virus and social distancing, we are not able to physically join hands with our friends and neighbors.  But human touch is so important, and the fact that these times are not "normal" makes the idea of beautiful handmade objects all the more appealing.

If you've ever tried to throw a pot on a potter's wheel, you know that it's a lot harder than it looks.  Over the years, it has become second nature to me, and is a very enjoyable, satisfying, and at times, spiritual experience.  I truly enjoy my time in the studio, although my full time "day job" managing Ecommerce for Napa Home & Garden, means that I only get studio time early in the morning before breakfast, after dinner, or on weekends.  It makes for some long hours, but making pots it is one of my passions.

My hope is that these new pots, when combined with your blooming plants and home environment, will bring touches of beauty, simplicity and normalcy back to you and your family's lives.  May we all stay safe, healthy and appreciative of each other, one day at a time, as we travel through these difficult times. 

 

From my hands to yours, Peter

I Love Making Pots!

 

If you've ever tried to throw a pot on a potter's wheel, you know that it's a lot harder than it looks.  Over the years, it has become second nature to me, and is a very enjoyable, satisfying, and at times, spiritual experience.  

I have a wonderful "day job" so my time in the studio is limited.  To put together a Spring Collection, means throwing very early in the morning before breakfast, after dinner in the evenings, or on weekends.  It's a lot of work, but it is one of my passions.  After the pots are dried, (takes 2-3 weeks), I put a mineral wash finish on them before firing to nearly 2000 F°.

My hope is that these new pots, when combined with your blooming plants, will bring a touch of beauty into your lives.  Enjoy!

Handmade Garden Pottery

 

If you've ever tried to throw a pot on a potter's wheel, you know that it's a lot harder than it looks.  Over the years, it has become second nature to me, and is a very enjoyable, satisfying, and at times, spiritual experience.  I truly enjoy my time in the studio, although my full time "day job" managing Ecommerce for Napa Home & Garden, means that I only get studio time early in the morning before breakfast, after dinner, or on weekends.  It makes for some long hours, but making pots it is one of my passions.

My hope is that these new pots, when combined with your blooming plants and home environment, will bring touches of beauty, simplicity and normalcy back to you and your family's lives.  May we all stay safe, healthy and appreciative of each other, one day at a time, as we travel through these difficult times. 

 

From my hands to yours, Peter

Nothing seems very normal about this spring.

Here in Wisconsin the days are getting longer, and we've had some sunny days up into the 50's, but there is snow forecast for tomorrow night.  (OK, that IS normal for Wisconsin in April). 

 

But at a time when we all would be heading to the local garden center for plants to bring life back to our porches, patios and decks, we truly are safer at home.  So here are a few online resources for buying plants that can be shipped right to your door.  Depending on your zone, the online nurseries below on the left, have beautiful plants ready to ship you right now.  On the right are a couple of great resources for planning your container gardens.

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