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Holiday Shopping and Shipping

Steve Leroux

Holiday Shopping and Shipping

This year, we're recommending folks get their orders in by December 15th in order to have the best chance of packages arriving before Christmas. Later orders might arrive in time, especially if you're closer to Seattle. We generally use UPS and USPS for shipping, and once we hand over your package, it is (literally and figuratively) out of our hands. December 15th is our best guess at a deadline and we can't make guarantees about delivery dates. For folks who live in Seattle, we'll be open an extra day: Tuesday, December 21st, from 11am to 5pm, to help with your Christmas...


How To Give (and Get) A Handmade Mug

Steve Leroux

How To Give (and Get) A Handmade Mug

[Editor note: this was sent out as a newsletter for our Handmade for the Holidays 2021 show. We thought the information could be useful for everyone, though, so we put it up as a blog post here. Some of the formatting might be a little off, and some of the links might be to work we no longer carry. But the breakdown should still be useful... enjoy!] As of this writing (a sunny afternoon in always-sunny Seattle), we have a stunning 467 handmade mugs in stock! Our gallery staff has done a fantastic job bringing in talented artists from all over the country...


Vaccination Requirements for Classes

Steve Leroux

Vaccination Requirements for Classes

Starting October 25th, King County regulations will require businesses like ours to check proof of vaccination before folks can use the studio.  This policy applies to all students in our classes, workshops, open studio, private lessons and one-night Clay Curious classes. This only applies to folks using the studio; visitors to our gallery and retail shop aren't required to show any documentation (but do need to wear a mask). Documentation  All students will be asked to show proof of vaccination status of either a two-dose mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer), or a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). All forms...


Update on our Mask Policies

Steve Leroux

Just a quick note to let everyone know what's going on in the studio with regards to masks: Currently, masks are optional for vaccinated folks when inside our studio. We made this decision based on the high vaccination rates and low case count here in King County. Masks will be required in the studio during weeks where we are hosting Kid’s Clay Camps (Weekdays, 9 am-12 pm August 9th-27th). We will continue to monitor cases here in Seattle and may return to mandatory masking if it feels appropriate or is required by state or county regulations.Thank you for your continued support!The Saltstone Team...


Father's Day Sale

Steve Leroux

Father's Day Sale

As the only Dad amongst the Saltstone Ceramics staff, I feel like it's on me to make the most of the Father's Day holiday in the store. I've been a Dad (Papa, actually) for 15 years now, so: from now through Father's Day, take 15% off all the work I have in store! Use code PAPA15 at checkout to get a discount... shop away!  


Free Classes and Workshop Spots for BIPOC folks

We're excited to start offering a handful of free spots in our classes workshops to folks who self-identify as black, indigenous, or a person of color. These spots are limited, and we'll be giving them out on a first-come, first-served basis. If you're interested, send us an email and tell us which class or workshop(s) you're interested in. "Saltstone Ceramics is a place where everyone is welcomed to discover a valuable connection with a creative working community." That's our mission statement, and we work hard to bring it to life in our studio and in the online community we cultivate. But when...


Natasha Alphonse: MUD Artist Talk

Steve Leroux

Natasha Alphonse: MUD Artist Talk

Sarah and Natasha sat down for a 30-minute chat about Natasha's process, this body of work, and art in general: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Saltstone Ceramics (@saltstoneceramics)


Cybermonday Savings

Steve Leroux

Cybermonday Savings

<insert laser sounds> It's CyberMonday! We're not sure that a separate day of deals just for online shopping makes sense in a year when everything is online and virtual and remote and socially distanced and ... well, we really miss seeing you in person. A lot. But on to the deals! Today only, take 10% off everything from Sarah Steininger Leroux and Ruby Pear Woodworks. Discounts happen automagically at checkout. Also today only: take $10 off the Slipped and Illustrated Mugs Virtual Workshop with Coco Spadoni, happening this coming Thursday, December 3rd. Happy Cybermonday! Pew pew!  


It's Handmade for the Holidays!

Steve Leroux

It's Handmade for the Holidays!

Our biggest show of the year has arrived! Every summer we scour the ceramics world for new artists to bring in, and hit up all your old favorites for their latest work. This year all that work has paid off with 33 fabulous artists in the gallery to meet all your fabulous holiday needs. But of course, it's a weird coronavirus world we're living in. We've got a few options to help make sure you stay safe while supporting these fabulous artists: 1) Shop online, pickup in-store. We’ve lovingly photographed just about every single thing in the store. Shop in your pjs, and even...


Lockdown Revisited

Sarah Steininger Leroux

Lockdown Revisited

Welcome Back to Lockdown! Well, we can't say we didn't see this coming. New restrictions for Washington State mean we need to make some adjustments to our programs for the next month or so. Drop-in Sessions are on hold. If you reserved a spot, we've already refunded your booking. We'll open this program back up again as soon as restrictions are lifted. Clay Curious sessions are postponed. Unfortunately, even our limited-size classes are not allowed right now. But your registration is safe and sound, and we'll get you scheduled into the studio as soon as we can. If you'd rather...