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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...


Private Shopping on Small Business Saturday

If you're especially concerned about or vulnerable to COVID-19, we've got a special program just for you. This coming Small Business Saturday, November 28th, we've set aside an entire morning for private shopping appointments. It'll be just you, Sarah Steininger Leroux (Saltstone Ceramics owner and curator), and all the fantastic pottery and housewares you could hope for. Sarah personally chose all the artists that we are presenting in the gallery. She is a fantastic guide to the incredible work and stories you'll discover during your appointment. While no social interactions can be guaranteed 100% safe, we're going to do everything we can...


COVID-19 Studio Policies

Steve Leroux

COVID-19 Studio Policies

Now that we've re-opened the studio in a limited capacity, I thought it would be good to recap the policies and procedures we've put in place to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Masks must be worn properly at all times in the studio. No exceptions. We offer contact-less sidewalk pickup for online orders if wearing a mask is a burden for you. We've upgraded our scheduling software to make sure there's a hard cap on the number of people who will be in the studio at any one time. We're regularly checking in with staff and members to make sure the...


Upcoming Fundraising Auction Benefitting The Black Trans Taskforce

We've got another fundraising auction coming up! Tuesday August 4th at 5pm on Instagram Live @saltstoneceramics and @phipottery Here's how the auction will work: Join us on Instagram Live at 5pm on Tuesday August 4th: @saltstoneceramics or @phipottery The August Auction benefits the Black Trans Taskforce via the Lavender Rights Project All donations will be matched by our partner, LinkedIn We will display each item one at a time along with a bidding code. To bid, just type into the live-stream's chat. Type the item number and the amount you'd like to bid. For example: 103 $95. There is a time delay (approximately 20 seconds) with...


Empty Bowls for Black Lives Matter

Sarah Steininger Leroux

Empty Bowls for Black Lives Matter

Join us for a Live Remote Empty Bowls AuctionSupporting Black Lives Matter King County! July 7th at 5pm on Instagram Live @saltstoneceramics and @phipottery In partnership with Saltstone Ceramics' instructor and potter extraordinaire, Phi Le, we are hosting an Empty Bowls Auction to Support Black Lives Matter King County. Empty Bowl fundraisers have a long tradition in the ceramics community: folks gather for a simple dinner, and raise money for charity by buying the actual dinnerware they're using. We wish we could gather and fill our bowls together, but in our new socially-distant reality, we've replaced the communal soup with delicious...


Black Lives Matter

Sarah Steininger Leroux

Black Lives Matter
This past week has been a powerful one. We’ve been watching, learning and participating as some of the hundreds of thousands who attended protests around the country. We have added our voices to those who stand up for not just black people’s lives, but black people’s voices, contributions, and liberation.

Queer and Dear: In Pride and Solidarity

Saltstone Ceramics

Queer and Dear: In Pride and Solidarity

Our 2nd annual Queer and Dear art show opens today. How do we put this show in context? Art sits high atop the hierarchy of needs, above survival and safety, in the rarefied air of self-actualization. In the age of coronavirus, is what we do still relevant? People are worried. People are scared. People are dying. There is so much work to do. Why are we still making rainbow mugs?  Meanwhile, the pattern of systemic violence against black and brown people continues. George Floyd was murdered, and we, as a country, ignited. Pride is not the exclusive domain of the queer community....


No Contact Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Sarah Steininger Leroux

No Contact Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Good News! According to the most recent update to Washington State guidelines related to COVID-19 restrictions, retailers like us can offer no-contact pick-up/drop-off! This means that you can order products online and pick them up at our retail location AND you can drop-off your Saltstone@Home greenware projects and we will fire them for you! Here's how it will work: Order your product or pay for your firing service online. When you are completing payment, you will have an opportunity to select "in-store pick-up" instead of shipping. Our Pick-Up/Drop-Off hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 1-5 pm. Your order will be...


An Update on Postponed Classes and Workshops

Sarah Steininger Leroux

An Update on Postponed Classes and Workshops

Hello! We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and (relatively) happy during this weird, stressful time. Our business continues to be (more or less) closed due to the Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. This has been an incredibly challenging time for us–we've seen 90% of our income disappear, but our fixed costs like rent and utilities continue on. We're doing our best to support our staff by keeping them on payroll as much as possible, but our business, and their jobs, were built around teaching you and your friends. Needless to say, this has been really...