GrillShellsandMore

Clay oyster shells, crawfish bowls, coffee mugs & more

Lafayette, Louisiana

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Announcement    We know a lot about eating wonderful food here in South Louisiana! And we love making vessels that help you enjoy that eating and drinking. You can start your day with some nice strong coffee in one of our cups, crawfish handle mugs, or pour overs. And for dinner, enjoy some chargrilled oysters cooked right on your grill or seafood gumbo served in a crawfish handle bowl. Here in our studio in the crawfish and rice fields, we start by making our own clay and glazes. Each piece is thrown on the wheel and fired to 2300 degrees in our gas kiln. All food safe and microwave and dishwasher safe too!

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Last updated on Apr 23, 2020

We know a lot about eating wonderful food here in South Louisiana! And we love making vessels that help you enjoy that eating and drinking. You can start your day with some nice strong coffee in one of our cups, crawfish handle mugs, or pour overs. And for dinner, enjoy some chargrilled oysters cooked right on your grill or seafood gumbo served in a crawfish handle bowl. Here in our studio in the crawfish and rice fields, we start by making our own clay and glazes. Each piece is thrown on the wheel and fired to 2300 degrees in our gas kiln. All food safe and microwave and dishwasher safe too!

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On Etsy since 2015

43 hot years!

After receiving his MFA in ceramics from Tulane University in NOLA, David moved back home to Lafayette with his wife Emily ( also a Tulanian!) .They worked out of a 3 car garage for 1 hot year until they moved out to the country. They've been making pottery ever since. David is the potter and Emily is the hand builder. He makes the pots that she embellishes with the crawfish and shells.
It's just the 2 of them working with the clay and no employees but the 5 shop cats.
It all begins with mixing their stoneware clay, 300 pounds at a time, in the Soldner mixer and then it goes into a deairing pugmill. Each piece is either thrown on the wheel, made from a slab or purely handbuilt. All pieces are fired twice with the second kiln firing going up to 2300 degrees in the 24 cubic foot gas kiln.

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  • David Wortman

    Owner, Potter

    David grew up with a love of pottery being friends with the potters of Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, MS. Wortman Pottery was started in Lafayette, LA, in 1977 after David earned his Master of Fine Art degree from Tulane University.

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