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2018 Spring Kiln Opening

Dear friends and family,

April 21st and 22nd marks the 10th Annual Spring Kiln Opening-Celebration of Spring in Seagrove, hosted by the Seagrove Area Potters Association. We have invited our old friend, Lanny Pelletier, of Cape Carteret, and newer friend, J. Britt Gardner, of Black Ankle, to participate in this event with us again this year. We are also offering a good selection of Laurie Abela's wonderful, handmade soaps. Light refreshments will be served, and shoppers can participate in the SAPA drawing for $150.00 of free pottery.
 

I have a new glaze pattern this year, Cordoba, named after the Spanish city where Cordovan leather originated, and it has become our favorite. When you see it you'll understand the name. There are some new shapes this Spring, too: stew bowls, larger pasta bowls, redesigned olive oil cruets, and brie bakers.
 

This year also marks 40 years since I first opened Tom Gray Pottery on the shores of Lake Gaston. I am very grateful for those early customers who encouraged me to stick with it and the latest customers who encourage me to stay with it. It makes me smile when I think about all the people who drink coffee from my mugs, dine with my plates and bowls, display their flowers in my vases, and conclude the day with a glass of wine or hot tea in my tea bowls/wine cups. Thanks to you all.


Please keep in touch on Instagram, @tomgrayseagrove and on my blog at handmadeinseagrove.com/blog. Also, please share this email with your friends who might be interested in handmade pottery.

 

We hope to see you soon,

Tom Gray and Jane Muse

 

Tom Gray Pottery

1480 Fork Creek Mill Rd.

Seagrove, NC 27341

tomgrayseagrove@gmail.com

336-873-8270


 

february 2018

The second firing of 2018 was highly successful; many glaze tests were included, most of which determined some new glazes not to incorporate into my repertoire. Knowing what NOT to do is obviously just as important as knowing what to do. That said, there were some successes that I hope to put to good use in the coming months.

The 2nd image is of a stack of oversize pasta/salad/soup bowls in TuSk, a glaze pattern I came up with last Spring. There were some new Cordoba glazed pieces as well as the shino, matte black, aqua, and copper reds I have been using for a while now.

The little guy on the far right is Oliver Muse, AKA Ollie, Jane's most recent Pekingese rescue, and a most welcome addition to our home. He is definitely Jane's dog, but has squirmed his way into my heart as well.

More to come-Tom

brie bakers

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!

My favorite brie recipe.

Snow 1/17/18

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. 

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the results

The last firing for 2017 was extremely successful. I tested several new clays from Starworks Ceramics, and a few potential glazes. Tom Gray Pottery will be open through 5pm Friday the 22nd, and will reopen at 10am December 28.

Wrapping up 2017

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. 

 

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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. 

pho

 Homemade pho by Jane, TuSk bowl by me.

Homemade pho by Jane, TuSk bowl by me.

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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.