Handmade stoneware mortar and pestle sets need very little care, and can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. I suggest grinding a little bit of cheap, white rice to make sure the interior surface of the mortar, and the blunt end of the pestle are smooth. Grind all over the un-glazed interior surface, then rinse away any residue, then do it again. Cooks Illustrated Magazine suggests this technique.
I was invited to speak to the NC Pottery Collectors Guild at their September meeting. I had no idea PowerPoint presentations could be so much fun! My traveling companion was my friend Anne Partna, owner of Blue Hen Pottery here in Seagrove. We popped in to Pho Vietnamese on Hillsborough St. for supper. If I'm ever in Raleigh again, and nearby, I will go back.
This is why I make pots.
I just unloaded kiln firing no. 6 for 2017. These cruets in TuSk and lots more are available in our Seagrove studio/gallery.
From my friends, the Trogdons. Not sure where I would be today without them.
Ferns from beside the driveway, tiger lilys from the roadside, and vase in TuSk from my studio.
Since 1976 I have owned 5 potter's wheels. This is my latest, a Shimpo VL Whisper. NO NOISE :-)
The Celebration of Spring in Seagrove was this past weekend. We had a great turnout! The images above were taken Friday night on the fly as we set up, and obviously, as we relaxed while setting up. If you would like to know what is going on ahead of time at Tom Gray Pottery, please follow my Facebook page or sign up for my Occasional Newsletter.
The older I become, the more I relish every season, especially Spring and Fall. This Spring appears to have accelerated; the crepe myrtles in our yard, usually budding in June, have already started showing off. Cardinals are building a nest right in front of one of our living room windows and the first lightning bugs appeared about 3 weeks ago.
Which brings me to: The Spring Kiln Opening, now known as the Celebration of Spring in Seagrove, is Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, from 10-5. We have invited my old college and surfing buddy Lanny Pelletier to join us, as well as Black Ankle's only potter, J. Britt Gardner. Most every pottery in Seagrove will have something special going on this weekend, and it will be a great time to visit the Pottery Capital of the United States.
On May 6 and 7, I will be attending the Sanford Arts and Vine Festival. This will be my 2nd year participating in this show and I will be in Booth#37, the same space as last year. If you live near Sanford, NC, it will be a great day trip for art, wine, good food, and good times. NO ADMISSION FEES! Also, there is a pretty good pizza joint in downtown Sanford, La Dolce Vita :-)
I have given handmadeinseagrove.com a facelift and continually post new images on my blog, add favorite recipes, and update the gallery page. You can also preview my new glaze pattern, TUSK, an updated version of the work I was making in Littleton in the late 80's.
If you prefer, you can see what is coming out of the kiln on facebook.com/tomgraypottery.
That's all for now. We hope to see you soon!
Tom Gray and Jane Muse
Every kitchen needs a clean, simple, and tasteful vase for flowers.
This why I make pots.
I am not sure what to call this -- this spare, minimalist look, but I like it.
My first bisque load this year, and teapots, one of which is headed to the Cedar Creek Invitational Teapot Show X. This is the 10th. Teapot Show they have held over the last 26 years, and is also part of Cedar Creek's 50th. anniversary. In the late 70's and early 80's I visited there often, as they had a great selection of work from US potters to inspire me. In 1980 the brother of an old friend began working there as well, Brad Tucker. Brad is one of the most gracious people I've ever known, and one of my all-time favorite potters.