I am trying some new shapes for some of my old standards this year. My brie bakers have all been made for 8 oz. wheels and these will have the same volume, but are a little more compact, maybe sturdier. I am looking forward to firing some of these with Cordoba, my latest glaze pattern!
Everything tastes better when eaten from handmade pots.
View from the kiln shed smack dab in the middle of the Old North State. 5 in. of snow so far. Mixing glaze tests and glazing pots for the first kiln load of 2018.
Lots of pots! Lots of clay tests, primarily NC clays! Lots of glaze tests!
I am heading toward firing number 16 for this year. I had a slow start back in January, but will have caught up by year's end. Here are some images of my latest foray-into much larger pots. It's been a great year for Tom Gray Pottery, thanks to all who are now gifting and/or enjoying my pots.
Many of my fondest memories were made at the table with friends and family. That is why I make pots; for those times when we gather around the table and celebrate - life.
Happy Thanksgiving from Tom Gray Pottery.
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.
Tom Gray Pottery is open 10-5 Mon-Sat. We have a great selection on hand for Christmas gift giving. Come and see us!
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.