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It's another Ellison Bay Arts 'Spring Art Crawl' ! May 18 and 19

It's another Ellison Bay Arts 'Spring Art Crawl' ! May 18 and 19

This Weekend!!

We invite you to discover your new treasures in our studios, chat with our resident and visiting artists, watch artists in action, enjoy refreshments and enjoy Door County in May. Satisfy your search for the new and wonderful art art at the studios of Clay Bay Pottery, Turtle Ridge Gallery/Boutique, Gills Rock Pottery, Rob Williams Studio/Gallery and EllisonBayPotteryStudios Tour the trails at The Clearing Folk School then explore the student showcase (find a class or two?) and new finds at the bookstore and gift shop. Sip coffee and nibble bakery at Door County Love Artisan Granola Stop for a refreshing cider at Island Orchard Cider.
Saturday and Sunday 10-5.

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Almost Perfect Pottery Sale - Memorial Day Weekend-May 25

Some potteries have a 'seconds' shelf and they might call it 'The Wall of Shame' and it was usually located in a corner of the show-room. 
We liked the idea of selling our minor flawed yet fully functional pottery just once a year and make it into an event. The problem for us is that with the passing years, John has gotten better and better at making and firing pots so our inventory of seconds got smaller but the quality went up. That's good for everyone else. 
We have an Almost Perfect Pottery sales each spring, for one day only.
Look forward to the Memorial Day weekend sale which is on Saturday. 

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My March Madness

My March Madness

Winter Thoughts -

Ellison Bay Pottery barn covered with snow     Do we talk about the weather too much?  Do we discuss how much we love the cold or winter or the snow? Or how ready we are for spring?  I'm getting tired of the 'I'm tired of the snow' talk now. The "Bring on Spring" conversations are bugging me a little.  Why? It's a ridiculous idea.  It's March in NE Wisconsin.  It's March. There is no spring here in March.  No flowers or buds or bugs or birds or beautiful mornings on the porch with a coffee.    
      Melting snow=mud=mess=extreme sadness.  That's what we've got to live through once the snow is gone and before we get spring.  And spring is here for a mini-second.  Then it's summer and we wonder if we missed spring again. I prefer winter--it's clean. The dog poo freezes. The mosquitoes are dead. And I've got a cozy fire to sip my coffee next to. And a comfy chair.  I'd love to go to sleep now and wake up on Memorial Day. 

The importance of Flowers

Amaryllis blooming
This Christmas gift gave us plenty of deep rich red color throughout February. 

This is NOT a lemonade story

Years ago this clump birch that stands outside the kiln shed/next to the raku pad was healthy and strong but as trees do, it began to fail.  The tree trimmer came in and cut down the dead parts of the clump. I almost cried.  It was so naked, alone and frail almost.  In a serendipitous moment, I noticed the vases on the side porch that were destined for the second sale. I knew that they would fit just right
on the newly created stumps, so before the tree trimmers were even finished cleaning up I had moved the tallest vases to the clump. Two handthrown pottery vases outside in the snow                                                                                             Throughout the years some of the vases were knocked over by wind or dogs or people and broke. Even with sand in the bottom, that would happen.  Sometimes I wanted new vases on the stumps. I left these on the tree way too long before I finally put them away for the winter.  First, though-photo time!

 

We are working in the studio, reading pottery books, moving snow (not me, John does that), walking dogs, stacking and burning wood, hauling wood ash, cleaning snow off the roof, visiting medical pros (we're a little older :) and we've learned it's an older person "hobby"), reading and having a few naps. These are all good winter activities for creatives and makers. We're taking a very nice break and refueling, giving our brains some room and time to work without our interference. It's working, too.  It's an exciting time in the studio.  

 

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Handmade Pottery Gift Giving Guide

Handmade Pottery Gift Giving Guide

It might not seem like it, but the holidays are going to be here faster than you think. It’s a great idea to start thinking about what you’re going to get for your loved one, and our Door County pottery studio can think of no better gift to give than the gift of handmade pottery!

Unique and individual, the pieces from Ellison Bay Pottery Studios make for a perfect present. Learn more about the types of pottery we feature, and place your order or visit our Door County pottery studio today!

Baking Dishes

We all know that person who simply loves to cook. It’s a cathartic experience for them, they love trying new recipes, and making the same old comfort foods time and again. A handmade baking dish is the perfect gift for this exact person, and they will appreciate how original this gesture is. Not to mention, this form of artisan pottery is not only gorgeous, it’s functional! All of our pottery is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe!

Bowls

When you know someone moving into a new house or starting a new chapter in their life (such as getting married), they’re likely in need of some basic household items. But the thing is, anyone can get regular old bowls at Target or another department store. The bowls that you order from our Door County pottery studio are ones that are built to stand the tests of time, and are such an individual and personal gift. These will be the bowls that your loved one(s) think of fondly, with plenty of nostalgia, and you can order them with ease from our online store.

Goblets

We all know that person who loves the quirky and eclectic parts of life, and for them, a goblet would be a perfect gift. Having something to sip on during “Game of Thrones” becomes infinitely more enjoyable when consumed out of an incredible piece of pottery. It’s an unexpected, but greatly appreciated gift — goblets are also great for religious or other ceremonies as well!

Mugs

Practically everyone can appreciate the beauty of a handmade mug. From Ellison Bay Pottery Studios, you can expect gorgeous mugs in multiple shapes and designs, such as small and travel sizes. For the tea lover or the coffee fanatic, this is a gift that’s sure to spruce up every morning.

Art

As we say frequently at our studio, “Life without art is simply not a life worth living.” Our artisan pottery prides itself on being functional, but sometimes you just need the function to be a beautiful and thought-provoking one. Our pottery vases, urns, and more are amazing gifts for the artsy person in your life, or the friend or family member who’s decorating a new space.

The holidays might be coming up, but truly, there’s never a bad time to order handmade pottery from Ellison Bay Pottery Studios! We put attention, care, and detail into every one of our handmade pieces, and we’re positive that you and your loved one will be thrilled with your purchase. Place your order today — the person you’re giving a gift to is about to be in for a wonderful surprise!

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Fall Activities In Door County, Part II

Fall Activities In Door County, Part II

Welcome back to our blog series on fun things to do in Door County this fall! Door County is a magical place with so many amazing activities all year round, but there’s something especially wondrous about a fall trip up to Wisconsin’s spectacular peninsula. The other-worldly colors, the crisp, cool air, a visit to Door County just can’t be beat.

Ellison Bay Pottery Studios has the handcrafted pottery that you’re sure to love, but we also have the inside scoop on places to check out in Door County. Stay tuned for some great fall activities, and stop by or shop online from Ellison Bay Pottery Studios today!

Bring Your A-Door-able Costumes

With the many Halloween-themed activities that happen in Door County, the end of October is an excellent time to visit — particularly for families with kids who love dressing up. Jack O’Lantern Days in Fish Creek is great for trick-or-treating, mask making, a costume contest, and even has live owls that kids can observe. Thrills on Third is another great Halloween opportunity, where Sturgeon Bay features activities such as pumpkin painting, walks through haunted houses, a costume parade, and slime making. Both of these events take place the weekend of October 26th.

Eat Everything

Apple pies and crisps, cherry cobblers, pumpkin muffins, fresh seafood — whether you’re checking out a farmers market or dining at an exceptional foodie restaurant (which are truly everywhere in Door County), there are infinite foods to enjoy and try while you’re on the peninsula. For some truly unique and delicious meals, try the cheese curd pizza at the Wild Tomato in Fish Creek, a whitefish kimchi BLT from Wickman House in Ellison Bay, or some Swedish fare at Al Johnson’s — and be sure to check the roof for some surprise guests!

Shop Around

One of everyone’s favorite things to do in Door County is to visit all the wonderfully quaint shops that dot the peninsula’s streets. From clothing and local food items (cherry jam and homemade cheese, to name a few) to handcrafted pottery, you simply can’t go wrong when you spend some time shopping in Door County. Park your car in one of the staple towns, such as Fish Creek, Ellison Bay, or Sister Bay, and stroll around while window- or actual shopping. Not only are you finding some excellent souvenirs for yourself, you’re supporting local businesses as well.

Watch a Pottery Demonstration

Ellison Bay Pottery Studios offers free demonstrations for visitors! Our handcrafted pottery is unique in many ways — each piece is handmade and individual, but also functional, and can hold food and liquids, as well as go in the dishwasher and microwave. You can witness first hand the process that goes into making our handcrafted pottery, and find incredible gifts to take back home with you. Whether for yourself or for a loved one, a piece of handmade pottery is a timeless and thoughtful souvenir.

We’re located at the very northernmost part of Door County, in beautiful Ellison Bay. Stop by our store or shop our online collections — we hope to see you and are thankful for your business!

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Fall Activities In Door County

Fall Activities In Door County

Something that every Wisconsinite (and many an Illinoisan) know is that there’s no better place to visit than Door County in the fall. The incredible colors of the deciduous forests, the striking landscape of rock and water, a trip to Door County is one of unparalleled beauty. There are so many reasons to come up to the peninsula all throughout autumn, which is why Ellison Bay Pottery Studios has compiled a list of the best activities for the season. Take a look at our list, and while you’re driving around, stop by our Door County pottery studio for demonstrations, gifts, and incredible artwork!

Take In Some Views

“Stunning” is about the only word that best describes Wisconsin’s scenic peninsula. In autumn, the vistas become even more mesmerizing. Drive up Northport Road for some winding fall views, all the way up the peninsula. Make sure you spend some time at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek — on a warm day, renting bikes is ideal. Heading east towards the Lake Michigan side, you’ll see some wonderful beach views and one of the impressive Great Lakes, which will probably make you feel like you’re standing at the ocean instead of the edge of Wisconsin. These are just some ideas, but there’s not a bad view in sight when you’re traveling up through Door County.

Visit Washington Island

With ferry rides leaving every hour on the hour (from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) from right here in Ellison Bay, you can traverse up to the beautiful Washington Island. Check out the hidden Stavkirke, an historic replica of a Scandinavian church, as well as Schoolhouse Beach, a pebble beach with crystalline water that’s sure to bring a sense of serenity to everyone who visits.

You’ll need to drive around on Washington Island, but it’s not a problem — cars can be driven onto and transported across the water!

See the Pumpkin Patch Festival

Just down the road from our Door County pottery studio in Egg Harbor is the annual Pumpkin Patch Festival, held this year on October 5th and 6th. With live music, food and drink tents, carnival rides, and games for every kid to enjoy, it’s guaranteed to be fall fun for the whole family. It’s a pretty busy weekend, so it’s recommended to get there earlier. View the schedule of events here.

In addition to the Pumpkin Patch Festival, there are tons of other fun fall festivals to check out in Door County each fall. The Apple Festival in Sister Bay, the Townline Art Fair in Ephraim, the Autumn Lighthouse Festival featured at the Maritime Museum — the list goes on and on!

Our next blog will cover even more incredible fall activities for you to enjoy. Door County is a magical place to visit, and you can make your trip even more special by stopping by Ellison Bay Pottery Studios. With demonstrations and ideal Door County pottery gifts that everyone will love, this is one stop you don’t want to miss on your trip. We look forward to seeing you, but if you can’t make it this time around, shop our collections online!

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Come to our Anniversary Party Sunday August 20

Summer in Door County is beautiful and this summer has been greener because of all the rain we've had and that means that the wild flowers filling fields are just a wild forest of color and texture-queen anne's lace, cornflowers, clover, flowering oregano, daisies, sweet peas, day lilies. The sun is hot and the air is cool and the afternoon is really only good for naps-every time the cicada sings I get sleepy (holdover from my childhood).

Of course, there is no napping here in our studio. John and I are working hard on our next firing. We're planning on opening the kiln right before our 43rd Anniversary Party August 20.


Don't miss our 3rd Annual Anniversary Celebration Sunday August 20 from 4pm - 7pm.  We'll be donating a portion of our sales that day to our local organization 'Door County Secret Santa' as we've done in the past.


We're looking forward to seeing everyone here on the 20th at 4pm.  It's going to be a lovely afternoon of friends, food and art

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Our May Shows - The 'Treasured Teapot' and 16th Ellison Bay Art Crawl

Our May Shows - The 'Treasured Teapot' and 16th Ellison Bay Art Crawl

Two in one-We've got two very special events going on this weekend!

Our Treasured Teapot Collection Show - with Tea provided by Tea Thyme of Sister Bay- is our first big event this weekend, and in fact the rest of this month.  (just not the special teas, though)

invitation to pottery teapot show in door county

This was a 'Teapot Winter'- John set aside several weeks to devote all his time to time consuming teapot constructing.  There are many, many parts and steps to making each teapot.  It was interesting to watch. Quietly.

images of potter making a teapot
Large teapots
handmade stoneware  copper red teapot
Small Teapots
handmade stoneware  blue teapot

And this weekend is ALSO the Ellison Bay Art Crawl.  For 16 years the artists of Ellison Bay open their studios, serve refreshments, offer studio tours and artist discussions, drawings for a piece of art, have demonstrations.  This gives you a chance to see and buy before the County gets full of art collectors. 

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Fifty Muddy Years Cup Collection Flash Sale is OPEN

Fifty Muddy Years Cup Collection Flash Sale is OPEN

These one of a kind collaboration Tea Bowls are fun to make but we take them very seriously. John takes extreme care to make them with attention to detail.  He focuses on each one individually and really does think about the person who will eventually own this cup and use it every day.

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