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Making Space • These 11 Designs Retire at the end of January

Retiring Designs 2019

Each January we make space for the year’s new designs by retiring a handful of pieces from production. This carves out creative capacity and studio space for us to refine new designs that are in the works for the year ahead. While this is exciting creatively, we are wistful each time we have to say goodbye to a beloved piece of art.

Top row (left to right): Tropical Orchid Vase, Art Nouveau Crocus Vase, Orange Tree Tile, Giboshi Lantern

Center row (left to right): Revival Rose Jar, Noble Dragonfly Vase, Koi Pool Tile

Bottom row (left to right): Canopy Vase, Midsummer Vase, Aqueduct Vase, Crown of Snowdrops Vase

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January Update from Kevin + Studio Scenes

  A note from Kevin Hicks, Ephraim Pottery’s founder

As new energies and perspectives rush in with the new year, I pause to reflect – there’s much to consider! Foremost, I feel humbled by your incredible support, thank you. Ephraim’s vision of creating art in a collaborative, cooperative space is enlivened by your interest in our work. In partnership, we are able to continue to foster our curiosities and challenge our creativity to delight you, our fellow art enthusiasts.

Collaboration probably isn’t the easiest way to make art, but in our experience, it might be the most gratifying. We are ever-amazed at the elevated ideas that surface when we share the process – wading through myriad concepts, contemplating, compromising, experimenting – ultimately building off each other’s ideas. We seem to always arrive at something refreshingly satisfying that would never come from any of us independently. Today I am encouraged to see more collaborative models in the workplace, schools and other communities. This way of interacting with the world pushes us to explore and thrive beyond imagining. We highly recommend it.

I am excited as we plan and execute creatively in 2019, inspired by you, each other and the world around us. We never rest on finding new ways to speak through our artistry.  It’s been a privilege for me to participate in the studio throughout each and every one of Ephraim’s 22+ years in business. What I see happening right now – artistic synergy, lessons learned, evolved ideas and relationships – may just make this the best year yet. We are excited to develop and present to you a range of exceptional pottery and wood offerings. Let’s continue to stay connected through this journey – we enthusiastically welcome your support in 2019.

Studio Scenes • January Edition

Happy 2019 from all of us at Ephraim Pottery. January finds us actively planning 2019 campaigns, organizing space, and refining new designs while pottery production continues.

Collaboration is alive and well as we confer with each other about our new designs for 2019. Below Alek, Jill, and Becky meet to discuss the glazing on a new vase; Jennifer and Allison strategize at the kitchen table; and Kevin and Alek work together to pug more clay.

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Studio Scenes • November Edition

This November our makers are as busy as the elves in Santa’s workshop, energized by creating the festive ornaments and vessels that enhance your holidays. Managing these projects entails tracking many steps, an abundance of patience and endurance, and a love for the work.

1. Jill translates your online orders into work orders for the artists. 

2. Artists get their hands and minds to work throwing, sculpting, and glazing.

3. Smiles emerge (along with sighs of relief) when perfect pieces are pulled from the kilns.

4. These perfect pieces arrive in Becky’s shipping area where they are packed with care and delivered to your doorstep!

5. We also made time in November to give back with a fun side project.

6. We fueled our long studio hours with a healthy lunch and time spent together around the table.

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Tips for Online Buying During Ephraim’s Experimental Sale

  1. Items are held in your cart for ten minutes. Check out must be completed entirely within this time frame. Your ten minute buying period begins when you put your first item in your cart. Items will be auto-pulled from your cart for other buyers to purchase after your ten minute buying period ends.

  2. We offer free shipping on all orders so you can easily make multiple purchases to manage the purchasing time limit.

  3. Log into your account (or create an account) before you begin shopping so that your personal information is saved and ready when you check out. Have your credit card ready when you check out. For your security, credit card information is not saved on your online account.

  4. When shopping, refresh your browser frequently to see accurate product availability.

  5. The Experimentals are available until they are all sold. The website reflects each item’s  sales status relative to the ten minute time frame described above.

  6. We’re always striving to improve your online shopping experience with process improvements and technical updates. During online Experimental sales, there is unusually heavy web traffic which can complicate online buying. We ask for your understanding should things get complicated –  don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 920.648.5269. We are here to help.

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2018 Fall Collection – Limited Edition

As we celebrate the season of abundant harvest and cool-weather gatherings, fall’s motifs deeply inspire us. The altered autumn light calls our attention to bright, orange-dotted pumpkin patches; eerie, bat-filled skies; and crunchy, oak leaf-scattered landscapes.

Bumble Patch Pumpkin – Limited Edition

$ 218.00

A plump bumble bee settles on the tallest pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Vibrant orange glaze, treated with a unique splattering technique, imbues this piece with whimsy and depth. Bumble Patch is Ephraim’s third rendering in our series of limited edition ceramic pumpkins.

-Limited Edition 2018 Fall Collection design available August 24th – September 21st
-Thrown, sculpted & glazed by hand
-Approximately 8.5″H x 4.25″W, L14

Petite Oak Bowl – Limited Edition

$ 148.00

The understated beauty of oak leaves and acorns adorn this sweet, little bowl. Ephraim potters create a distinctive texture on its form while throwing this piece on the potters’ wheel. This texture, which makes the glaze break in rich and interesting ways, engages one to behold it.

-Limited Edition 2018 Fall Collection design available August 24th – September 21st
-Thrown, sculpted & glazed by hand
-Approximately 2.25″H x 4.25″W
-Traditional earthenware is porous; liner recommended for use with water, L13

Gotham Crossing Vase – Limited Edition

$ 458.00

Did you know that Central Park, amidst its 25 bridges, is considered a haven for New York City’s bat-sighting enthusiasts? Ephraim’s Gotham Crossing Vase marries the quintessential architecture of bridges with the quintessential architecture of bats. The result is a strong, nocturnal design that takes on an abstract sensibility, offered in two moody glaze combinations.

-Limited Edition 2018 Fall Collection design available August 24th – September 21st
-Thrown, sculpted & glazed by hand
-Approximately 11″H x 8.5″W
-Traditional earthenware is porous; liner recommended for use with water,  L15