This week in the studio…

It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of February! We have been very busy in the studio making pottery for our upcoming 2014 season. Each week we work to make around 200 items hand thrown on the wheel and hand built from slabs. Once they’re dry we’ll fire the bisque kiln, pack the pots and store them until the end of March when we start to glaze and finish the pieces and start stocking the shop shelves for you all to see!

This week we are working on the “holy grail” of pottery – teapots! It’s all about timing when you’re making teapots. First you  throw the body, spout and lid on the wheel. They’ll dry overnight wrapped in plastic and the next day we trim each pieces and pull a handle.

Once each piece of the teapot is the perfect degree of dryness we’ll attach the spout and handle and let it slowly dry overnight again. The following day you can finally try the lid out and let them dry together. It’s quite the process but very rewarding to see the finished product!

Do you have a teapot from Village Pottery or would you like one? Leave a comment below and let us know! Here’s one of my favourites from the 2013 season – hoping to do another similar one for this year. 

^Suzanne

Mark your calendars. Opening day is set for Friday, May 9th, 2014. Hope to see you there! 

Village Pottery featured on Japanese TV Show

August is upon us! It’s hard to believe how fast the Summer is flying by. This marks the 4th month of our 40th season. It’s been great so far, we’ve had the chance to see a lot of our returning customers as well as meet many new ones. Thanks to everyone who has visited so far!

One of the highlights of the past few months involved a Japanese film crew. They entered the shop one day and asked if they could film us at work. We agreed and before we knew it, they had the cameras rolling as we threw a few large pieces on the wheel. Then they returned a few days later for the “interview” portion. Little did we know, this would involve showing the shows host “Jean” (a little stuffed panda bear) around the shop.

A few weeks later, an amazing thing happened. People from Japan started coming into the shop after seeing the show! How exciting. We’re thankful we were chosen to be apart of this show.