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The Ceramics Gallery on Etsy features pots made by hand in central Pennsylvania and Virginia. We are a couple of friends/potters who share studio and kiln space. One of us is Ian Stainton, who makes most of the work sold here. Ian came to the US from England and has been making a living in clay since 1979. We also sell pieces by Jake Johnson, who met Ian and Jason while in Pennsylvania earning an MFA. Jake now resides in Richmond VA. Jake and Ian make some great collaborative work for this shop, too. Jason Bloom's well-made functional wares are also available here. He grew up in Pennsylvania and is becoming well-established in the area as a potter. Everything in the shop is made by hand from start to finish. All glazes are lead-free and food-safe. We ship quickly via either FedEx or the post office. Thanks very much for your interest in our shop!

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  • Joined July 13, 2011

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The Ceramics Gallery on Etsy features pots made by hand in central Pennsylvania and Virginia. We are a couple of friends/potters who share studio and kiln space. One of us is Ian Stainton, who makes most of the work sold here. Ian came to the US from England and has been making a living in clay since 1979. We also sell pieces by Jake Johnson, who met Ian and Jason while in Pennsylvania earning an MFA. Jake now resides in Richmond VA. Jake and Ian make some great collaborative work for this shop, too. Jason Bloom's well-made functional wares are also available here. He grew up in Pennsylvania and is becoming well-established in the area as a potter. Everything in the shop is made by hand from start to finish. All glazes are lead-free and food-safe. We ship quickly via either FedEx or the post office. Thanks very much for your interest in our shop!

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Where are we located?
According to the post office, we're located in Spring Mills, PA. According to the sign down the road, we're in the village of Potters Mills. For probably-obvious reasons, we prefer to say that we're in Potters Mills, though the name of the town has no historical connection to pots. Just to a general named Potter. Oh well. It's still pretty cool.

Where else can I find your work?
Ian, Jason, and Jake do some art fairs and sell their work through a number of galleries. If you're in central PA, you can find their work at the Gallery Shop in Lemont. Jake also sells his work through www.etsy.com/shop/jakesclayart and Ian at www.etsy.com/shop/staintonceramics When Ian and Jake started sharing studio and kiln space, we thought it made sense to sell some work jointly on Etsy, and also that it would be a great opportunity to feature some future collaborative efforts. What are friends for, if not a little joint venture into the world of online commerce?!

So how's this stuff made?
Mostly from porcelain (otherwise, stoneware) thrown on the wheel. It's fired either in a reduction, oxidation, or salt firing. All glazes are lead-free and food-safe. Also, you can put this stuff in the dishwasher or microwave just like you would your regular dishes.

You can learn more about Ian at www.ianstaintonpottery.com and more about Jake at www.jakesclayart.com

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