The New Thanksgiving Tradition…Pots!

5th Annual Open Studio Pottery Sale Monday, November 28th 2:00-7:30

Five years ago my wife said, “Some of my friends told me they’d like to give your pots as Christmas gifts.” I unpacked the few dozen mugs and bowls left from the summer market. Lynn put on a pot of coffee and laid out some of her Christmas cookies. A couple of hours later we were out of coffee, cookies and pots.

The following year we planned ahead. I made extra pots. Lynn made extra cookies. We opened a few bottles of wine. And a tradition was born.

Each year since, our Open Studio has grown: more food, more friends and pottery lovers, and more pots. Once again this year the sale will be on the Monday after Thanksgiving at our home, 132 Windswept Drive, Latrobe.

We will tap a keg from All Saints Brewery. There will be lots of great snacks. And there will be  even more pots this year.


Wheel Thrown and Hand Carved Key Caddy

I’ve just about finished moving all of the pots from my garage studio into the house for this year’s sale, and I don’t think there is an table or shelf anywhere in our home that is not covered with bowls or mugs or casseroles or vases.


Thumb Print Wine/Whiskey Cups with Gold Dots


I am really excited to share some of my new adventures in clay. In addition to the stoneware and terra cotta pots I’ve been making for years, I’ve added two new types of ceramics: brightly colored cone 05 pots and earthy, rustic wood fired pots (fired over three days with the fantastic Union Project potters at the Laureville kiln).


Wood Fired Vase

The wood firing was an incredible experience. It is absolutely magical to see the surfaces created just by wood ash and fire.

Please join us as we celebrate the 5th year of this new Thanksgiving tradition. Our Open Studio is open to everyone!

Eat, Drink, and be Merry…and Cross Christmas Shopping off Your “To Do” List

Mark your calendar now. My third annual Christmas Open Studio Sale is just one month from today. Monday Dec 1, 2014  3:00 to 8:00  at my home studio,132 Windswept Drive, Latrobe.

I’ve been throwing a lot for the event, so I’m really excited about the pots I have to share this year.

Hand Carved Stoneware Mugs $23 each

Hand Carved Stoneware Mugs $23 each

I made extra mugs since they were popular gifts for teachers and coworkers last year.

There are some sweet little holly-leaf soap dishes, olive oil bottles, and honey jars. I also made some huge statement bowls, some footed vases, as well as a few chip-n-dip sets.

Cookie Jars $45- $60

Cookie Jars $45- $60

Folks on your gift list who were especially good this year might be lucky enough to open one of these cookie jars on Christmas morning.

cookie jars inside

The cookie jars are glazed an understated sandstone Shino on the outside. Surprise! Inside pops with shinny red glaze.

We will have good treats to eat and drink, including holiday cheer from All Saints Brewery.

As usual, I’ll make a $10 donation to Potters for Peace for every pot sold.

If you can’t make it to the Open Studio Sale, check out my online shop or stop by the Latrobe Art Center Holiday Open House, Saturday, Dec 6. You can also find my pots at The Main Exhibit Gallery in Ligonier and Rizzo’s Marketplace. I’ll also have pots at the IUP Fall Pottery Sale Nov 14th and 15th, 9:00am to 7:00pm. In the Robershaw building on the IUP campus.