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Featuring Artist Becky Hansen

Becky Hansen – Celebrating 10 years at Ephraim Pottery

What inspired you to create a Fuchsia vase for your ten year anniversary?

Becky’s fuchsias at home

Each summer, it has become a tradition for me to place a fuchsia plant outside of my door to welcome me into my home each afternoon when I get home.  I love watching all the stages it goes through to finally open up and present an elegant new bloom, sometimes daily.

When designing the piece, I wanted to incorporate a few of my favorite aspects of vases that I have sculpted in the past – the cutouts below the leaves, the nodding flowers, and the manipulated top.

Two of the first pots that I glazed when I started at Ephraim were the Cherry Orchard and Holiday Cranberry vases.  Both pieces featured red or cranberry glazes flowing into the chestnut green background in such a beautiful and complimentary way.  I wanted to capture this look for the Fuchsia Vase as a tribute to my start here at Ephraim and bring back a dynamic look.

What is it like to work at Ephraim Pottery?
Being at Ephraim for over ten years now, I have seen many changes. These changes have included opportunities for the company and myself to grow and evolve.  It is never stagnant here and each change is a breath of fresh air. Working at Ephraim is much like the Fuchsia – new opportunities open up, presenting a beautiful gift daily.

Becky glazing her Fuchsia Vase

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Designs Retiring Feb 5, 2017

The adventure continues as we work furiously designing new pottery for upcoming collections. In order to make space for these fresh designs, we must release a few older designs. Yes, it’s sad to see them go…but this is an essential component of our process. The vases and tiles shown below will be available for order until midnight Feb 5th.

At Ephraim, we are part of a long tradition of collectible art pottery.  Art pottery lends itself to collectibility because historically it tends to have been well marked with “shop marks” and it was naturally limited due to the making process. We have upheld the tradition of marking our pottery and because of the handmade nature of our process, the pieces are limited by the capacity of the pottery. We document how many pieces we make and publish these figures on our website in order to support collectibility.

Our art pottery and tiles are limited editions. Designs in our Studio Collection are limited to a maximum of 500 pieces. We also create limited, reserve and numbered editions of special designs. When a piece of pottery or a tile is retired, we officially close the edition, record the final numbers produced, and never revisit that particular design again.

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Drifter Bowl – Teal, Chestnut, Autumn Wheat

Have 6 minutes of free time? Enjoy this playful video that shows the making of the drifter bowl.

The Drifter Bowl

Fluted Ginkgo – Autumn Reflections, Honey
Bullfrog Jar
Goldfinches Tile 8×4

 

Cherished Rose Tile 3×3 – Cranberry, Seaspray Blue, Satin Yellow
Sunny Afternoon Tile – Light Moss, Chestnut
Red-winged Blackbird Tile 8×4

 

Red-winged Blackbird Tile 3×3
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Designs Retiring Sept 30, 2016

As we step into fall and focus our creative energy towards new designs we realize that it is again time to retire a few older designs. This group will include 7 vases and 1 tile. Amongst them are our tallest current design – Moonflower (only 70 have been made since it was designed in 2010), a best seller – Acorn Cabinet Vase (which will retire at our limit of 500 pieces produced), and the hugely popular fan-built Unity Tree – Limited Edition. If any of the following pieces spark your interest we invite you to place an order on or before Sept 30th when they will officially retire from production.

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Moonflower Vase
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Acorn Cabinet Vase
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Persephone’s Lament Tile
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Craftsman Ginkgo Bowl
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Messenger Vase
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Reticulated Arrowroot Vase
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Persian Poppy Vase
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Unity Tree – Limited Edition Fan-built Design
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Designs Retiring Jan 18, 2016

The holidays have allowed us all some rest and relaxation and now we are back in the saddle with renewed creative energy. As we begin to build the 2016 designs the studio is buzzing with playful ideas and experimentation. This is our 20th anniversary year, after all, so we have some big goals to accomplish!

To make room for the fresh ideas we are developing, we must say farewell to quite a few old friends. Through Jan 18, 2016 we will take final orders on 9 tiles & 15 pots. We will then create these pieces, send them out to you and publish the final numbers for each piece. Once in retirement the designs will never again be produced. So if you fancy any of the pottery pieces below, this is your chance to own them!

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Bungalow Pine, North Star Vase, Pine Quartet & Symmetry Fleeting Beauty, Coneflower Vase, Autumn Visitor & Trailing Orchid Vase
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Pin Oak, May Bells Vase & Springtime Iris Bowl

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3″ Tiles – Partly Cloudy, Old Sage & Bee

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Out on a Limb Tile, The Birdwatcher Tile & Gone Fishing Tile

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Mission Dragonfly Vase

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Designs Retiring September 8, 2015

10 vases & 3 tiles will only be available until September 8, 2015

Fall marks a season of dramatic change in Wisconsin. As the weather cools, the colors of the farm fields shift, and the kids march back to school, we busy ourselves here at the studio with new fall and winter designs. To accommodate all the new pottery, it’s time to make room on the shelves with our fall retirement of some of our old trusty designs.

When a piece of pottery or a tile is retired, we officially close the edition, record the final numbers produced, and never revisit that particular design again. See a piece that speaks to you? Consider adding it to your collection now because it will soon be history!

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Documentation of Retired Work

At Ephraim, we are part of a long tradition of collectible art pottery.  Art pottery lends itself to collectibility because historically it tends to have been well marked with “shop marks” and it was naturally limited due to the making process. We have upheld the tradition of marking our pottery and because of the handmade nature of our process the pieces are limited by the capacity of the pottery. We document how many pieces we make and publish these figures on our website in order to support collectibility.

Our art pottery and tiles are limited editions. Designs in our Studio Collection are limited to a maximum of 500 pieces. Our Reserve Editions are created in even more limited numbers. Please follow the link to read more about the documentation of our retired work –  Collecting Ephraim Pottery.

View the Historical Items List

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Woodland Trillium Vase, Wild Tulip Vase & Glorious Morning Vase
Woodland Trillium Vase, Wild Tulip Vase & Glorious Morning Vase
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Trumpet Vine Vase & Prairie Home Vase
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Acorn Jar, Quintessential & Pretty Posies Bowl
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Bungalow Pine Jar & Bear’s Dilemma Vase

 

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Marsh Cattail Tile 2.5×5
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Retiring Designs

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As we prepare new designs for our next “Studio Collection” – a collection of pieces that we choose to refine and offer on the web and in our catalog, we have been making “Experimentals” – one of kind pieces to work out ideas. Because of all this development, the studio is bursting at the seams and must “retire” some of the designs we currently carry on our website. When the pieces retire we close the edition, record the final numbers produced, and never revisit that particular design again. There are as many ways to collect Ephraim Pottery as there are individuals, but consider adding a retired piece to yourcollection – it will soon be history, as they say!

 

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Documentation of Retired Work

At Ephraim, we are part of a long tradition of collectible art pottery.  Art pottery lends itself to collectibility because historically it tends to have been well marked with “shop marks” and it was naturally limited due to the making process. We have upheld the tradition of marking our pottery and because of the handmade nature of our process the pieces are limited by the capacity of the pottery. We try to be transparent about how many pieces we make and publish these figures on our website in order to enhance collectibility.
Our art pottery and tiles are limited editions. Designs in our Studio Collection are limited to a maximum of 500 pieces. Our Reserve Editions are created in even more limited numbers. Please follow the link below to read more about the documentation of our retired work

Historical Listings

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