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Coronavirus Update 3/24

Steve Leroux

Coronavirus Update 3/24

A new order from the Governor of Washington State has closed all non-essential retail businesses, including ours. Our retail pickup window will no longer be open to sell clay, pottery tools, or fine handmade ceramics. The continuing and expanding closures of small businesses like ours is devastating to us and our employees. Rebuilding the social, cultural, and economic fabric of our community is going to be a formidable challenge. But we think Gov. Inslee's choice is the right one: stay home, stay healthy. But while we're stuck at home, we're still hard at work! First and foremost: our online gallery is...


Welcome to Saltstone@Home!

Sarah Steininger Leroux

Welcome to Saltstone@Home!

Today we're excited to announce a temporary pivot/cannonball into a great new project: Saltstone@Home! Saltstone@Home is a way for everyone to stay engaged in our pottery community and keep up their pottery practice while our classes are postponed. Here's how it works: You buy a bag of clay from us during one of our Retail Pickup Window hours. We'll also have tools for sale (including fabulous handmade pottery tools from Ruby Pear). You follow us on Instagram at our new account: @SaltstoneClasses We post tips, project ideas, encouragement, and advice from your favorite instructors every day. You make great pottery at...


Coronavirus Update 3/16: Changes to Retail

Steve Leroux

Coronavirus Update 3/16: Changes to Retail

Today we're announcing that we're temporarily closing public access to our beautiful retail gallery until further notice. This in response to guidance from public officials, and we think it is the best course of action to keep our staff and students safe and healthy. But our store is not closed entirely! You can continue to shop from the safe, stir-crazy confines of your living room. Almost everything we sell online is lovingly photographed and available for purchase on our website. Today we're also announcing a new flat $10 shipping rate for all purchases, large and small. Shop from home, and...


Coronavirus Update 3/16: All Classes are Postponed

Sarah Steininger Leroux

Coronavirus Update 3/16: All Classes are Postponed
Today we are announcing that, to comply with King County health mandates, we are postponing all regularly scheduled classes, workshops, open studio sessions, and Clay Curious classes until further notice. In addition, we are temporarily (mostly) closing our retail store.

Happy To Come In Third

Steve Leroux

Happy To Come In Third

We recently put a post up on our blog with more information about the coronavirus outbreak and how we're responding to it. Like many of you, we're following developments very closely and monitoring news from the King County Department of Health and other sources. We take the well-being of our staff, students, and customers seriously. We've modified our class sizes and schedules, and we're diligently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces in the shop many times a day. We want to keep everyone–our staff, customers, and students–as safe and healthy as possible.Like many of the small businesses you know and love, we're a Third Place. This is an idea that...


Coronavirus Update 3/11

Steve Leroux

Coronavirus Update 3/11

March 16th: We have new updates for students and customers here. For our previous post about coronavirus, click here. Like everyone in Seattle, we’ve been following coronavirus developments closely. Today, the King County Public Health Officer announced new restrictions on large and small gatherings, and Seattle public schools are closing for a minimum of two weeks. We’re continuing to be proactive and updating our policies and procedures to ensure that our studio remains a safe place to learn and practice ceramics. We have lots of announcements in this post, so read carefully to see how these updates might affect you. And...


COVID-19 FAQ

Sarah Steininger Leroux

COVID-19 FAQ

[Please also read our March 11th update.] 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...


Mug Madness Day Six

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Mug Madness Day Six

Mug Madness 2020 is off and running! We're a dozen matches in, and so far Team Bugaboo is dominating the competition. But we're not halfway through the first round yet, and Team Punch still has time to make up ground and put more mugs into Round 2. We've put a FAQ together over here if you have questions about the tournament. All the Mug Madness mugs are for sale! Grab your favorite before someone else does!


Mug Madness Preview Sale: February 29th

Saltstone Ceramics

Mug Madness Preview Sale: February 29th

We're excited to be hosting our first ever Mug Madness Preview Sale at our Wallingford, Seattle gallery on Saturday, February 29th from 7pm to 10pm. RSVP here to let us know you're coming! This is your chance to beat the crowds and get first pick from the 64 Mug Madness entrants and more than 200 unique, handmade mugs we'll have in stock to celebrate everyone's favorite mug-themed head-to-head bracket tournament. Doors open at 7pm, with sales to begin shortly afterward. Sales are limited to 1 mug per person until everyone in the gallery has had a chance to pick their favorite....


Kristin Schimik: Circuitous

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Kristin Schimik: Circuitous

We're excited to present Kristin Schimik's Circuitous in our gallery for the month of January. Join us for a reception and meet the artist on Sunday, January 26th