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An Action Plan for BIPOC Representation

Saltstone Ceramics

An Action Plan for BIPOC Representation

"Saltstone Ceramics is a place where everyone is welcomed to discover a meaningful connection with a creative working community." (Words On A Mission, Oct 2019) Over the past several weeks we’ve come to see the ways in which our mission statement isn’t living up to its potential. Our Queer & Dear 2022 show was meant to celebrate the entire queer community, but was presented with BIPOC artists glaringly underrepresented. We are sorry for the harm that the omission and the cancellation caused: to the queer community, to people of color, to the artists we represent, and the ceramics community as a...


Weekend Pro-Choice Fundraiser

Steve Leroux

From now (Friday morning) through the end of Sunday, June 26th, we will be donating $5 for every item sold to the Northwest Abortion Access Fund. That's one dollar for every decade that access to abortion was a constitutional right in the United States. There's no need to use a coupon code or special link; we'll keep track. Everything you buy counts, whether it's a workshop, class, piece of pottery, or cutting board. And if nothing in our store is calling to you right now, then we encourage you to donate directly.


Queer and Dear is Cancelled

Steve Leroux

Queer and Dear is Cancelled

Queer and Dear 2022 has been cancelled. After listening and reflecting and listening some more, we’ve accepted that the show is fundamentally flawed as it is, and can’t be fixed in a respectful manner.Yes, this decision took us a long time to arrive at. We did not want to silence these Queer voices. But we see that the absent voices matter more, and this show can not go on.We will have more to say about specific actions we’ll be taking in the gallery in the next few days and weeks.


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)