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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...


Retail Pickup Window Reopens Tomorrow!

Steve Leroux

Retail Pickup Window Reopens Tomorrow!

Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order was extended and modified over the weekend, which means... we can run the Retail Pickup Window again! Just in time for Mother's Day: shop online from the comfort of your home/pajamas, and the head down to our Wallingford store to pick up your purchases (still in your pajamas, that's fine with us). We'll be available to hand your purchases out the door on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm. We can't wait to start seeing (half of) your (masked) faces again!


We're Going To Tilth!

Steve Leroux

We're Going To Tilth!

Every year we eagerly await the Seattle Tilth Alliance plant sale. We pour over the lists of tomato plants, trying to figure out the perfect mix for this year's garden. And every year we get to the sale early, dressed in overalls and pulling the wagon, ready to grab those plants before they sell out. For us, it's the official kick-off weekend for warm-weather gardening in Seattle. So you can imagine our delight when we were invited to partner with them to have a booth at the 2020 plant sale! The annual sale takes place just two blocks from our Wallingford store and we...


Deal of the Week: Stimulation Nation

Steve Leroux

Deal of the Week: Stimulation Nation

We've got a definite morning routine. Sarah gets up first and makes the coffee, then disappears for an hour of alone time until the caffeine has fully taken hold. I get out of bed a little later and start my day with a few cups of coffee alongside eggs-on-greens and a slice of homemade sourdough. And then our daughter grumbles out of bed at Teenager O'Clock and eats her daily bread-dipped-in-oil-and-balsamic at the counter... she hates everything about coffee, but does enjoy the occasional sweet milk. And we find her stimulating enough just the way she is. Meanwhile, The US...


Deal of the Week: Get Your Grind On

Steve Leroux

Deal of the Week: Get Your Grind On

 As you might expect, we've got a lot of handmade tools in our kitchen: two hand-forged knives, bowls and platters of all shapes and sizes, wooden scoops and spoons, more cutting boards than we really need, serving trays, bowls, plates, mugs, cups, the dining table.... These are all beautiful and well-loved, of course, but if there's one handmade item in the kitchen that has changed the way I cook, it's Sarah's mortar and pestle. I've used other mortar-and-pestles in my kitchen adventures, but they've all come up lacking. The marble one had no teeth. The mexican molcajete left grit in the food. The iron...


COVID-19 FAQ **UPDATE** 4/9/20

Sarah Steininger Leroux

COVID-19 FAQ **UPDATE** 4/9/20

COVID-19 is on everyone's mind in the Seattle area. Here are some quick notes about how we are addressing this issue at Saltstone Ceramics. We are a "third place"–a social gathering place outside of home and work–and we take pride in the important role we fill in our wider community. The COVID-19 outbreak is challenging everyone to find balance when protecting their economic, cultural, social, and physical health. To that end, we appreciate the patience and support of everyone in our pottery community. It can be hard to be helpful and understanding in times of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. We encourage you...