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care of a TGP stoneware mortar and pestle

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.

nc pottery collectors guild

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.

TuSk cruets

I just unloaded kiln firing no. 6 for 2017. These cruets in TuSk and lots more are available in our Seagrove studio/gallery.

TuSk

Ferns from beside the driveway, tiger lilys from the roadside, and vase in TuSk from my studio.

soda

A young lady shared this image with me today, a soda fired mug from my soda kiln back in the 90's. As much as I enjoyed the whole process, I'll leave this work in the capable hands of Ron Philbeck.

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great SKO!

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.

tom gray pottery spring 2017 occasional newsletter

Dear friends,

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!

Sincerely,

Tom Gray and Jane Muse

march 16 2017

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.

More later-Tom

mise en place

I have wanted to make some funky, wonky bowls for a few weeks now, pieces to be used for mise en place. These should come in pretty handy on your counter top, near your cutting board/chopping block, while preparing meals. The glazes will be different from my usual fare as well. Stay tuned!