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We are Robin and Billie Bloom of "Earth and Sky Pottery". We have been creating our pottery out of the Smokey Mountain Region of western NC for over 30 years. Here's a little of our history, Robin began his ceramic career in 1972 at a University of Buffalo, NY summer school class. After college at York University in Toronto, Canada, where he was a member of a ceramics club, Robin moved to San Francisco where he taught pottery in a private studio. There he learned how to fire gas kilns and experiment with Chinese glazes. He sold his work at all of the famous tourist destinations in San Francisco. After a year, he left San Francisco and traveled back to Buffalo to do his hometown art show, Allentown Art Festival. On his travels, he met Billie at a music festival in Mountain View, Arkansas and we shared a common dream of going back to the land and making pottery for a living. After a year of making pottery in Fayetteville, Arkansas, near…

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We are Robin and Billie Bloom of "Earth and Sky Pottery". We have been creating our pottery out of the Smokey Mountain Region of western NC for over 30 years. Here's a little of our history, Robin began his ceramic career in 1972 at a University of Buffalo, NY summer school class. After college at York University in Toronto, Canada, where he was a member of a ceramics club, Robin moved to San Francisco where he taught pottery in a private studio. There he learned how to fire gas kilns and experiment with Chinese glazes. He sold his work at all of the famous tourist destinations in San Francisco. After a year, he left San Francisco and traveled back to Buffalo to do his hometown art show, Allentown Art Festival. On his travels, he met Billie at a music festival in Mountain View, Arkansas and we shared a common dream of going back to the land and making pottery for a living. After a year of making pottery in Fayetteville, Arkansas, near the University of Arkansas, we decided to move to the mountains of North Carolina for their beauty and tradition of crafts. We started doing retail arts and crafts shows in 1977, with Robin doing wheel-thrown pottery and Billie specializing in slab-built pottery. In 1989, we exited the retail show market and entered the American crafts market. We have sold thru some of the most exclusive galleries, including "the Smithsonian Museum Shops', NYC's "An American Craftsman", Asheville NC's "New Morning Gallery", Brasstown NC's "John C. Campbell Folk School Craft Shop", and many more of the top 100 American Contemporary art & craft galleries. The Smithsonian Museum Shops ordered 85 of our small porcelain slab flower vases, which were featured at the Clinton Administrations' first inaugural dinner as gifts for the guests. Our goal has been to create beautiful American crafts and its nice to know that people from all around the world are getting pleasure from our work.

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