Announcement Thanks for stopping by our store! Plates, bowls, pitchers, tea mugs, Ikebana vases, pipes, drums, urns, gourds, lamp shades, weavings, and jewelry are some of the things we make. We just opened and only have a few items listed for sale so far, with many new listings to come during the next weeks. Most items are available to be customized to fit your needs. Please come back to Squarepeg Pottery often to check out new listings.
Thanks for stopping by our store! Plates, bowls, pitchers, tea mugs, Ikebana vases, pipes, drums, urns, gourds, lamp shades, weavings, and jewelry are some of the things we make. We just opened and only have a few items listed for sale so far, with many new listings to come during the next weeks. Most items are available to be customized to fit your needs. Please come back to Squarepeg Pottery often to check out new listings.
Potter needs people who love beautiful things around them.
The story of Squarepeg Pottery:
I lost my job of 19 years, in January 2010. A couple of my friends asked if I would show them a thing or two on the pottery wheel. We had a great afternoon in the ceramics studio I had in our basement. "Peg," they said, "you ought to teach pottery down here!" I had been playing and living with clay for only seven years by then. I had just started making my own glazes. "Could I teach pottery?"
Three days later I ran into an old friend who introduced me to the new Community Area Career Center Program Coordinator. I mentioned that I was working full-time in my ceramics studio. She gave me her card, we scheduled my first class for the next session. With loads of encouragement from my partner and friends, I taught a "friends class" in anticipation of my first "formal" class. This helped me tremendously. I worked out a syllabus and got some friendly feedback. (Thanks everyone for being honest and gentle with me!)
Since then, I've led several group hand-building classes and now am leading private wheel-throwing classes as well.
"Put your head in your hands and make something," is a phrase I use as invitation for people to come to my studio and refocus the day's frustrations or worries into the clay. Whether hand-building or at the wheel, the clay demands a certain commitment from you: think about the clay, feel the clay, see where the clay can lead you. In no time, people are laughing and thinking with their hearts and hands.
Ceramics also feeds my inner-inventor. When I think of something I'd like to make, or improve upon, I talk it out with my partner and soon the idea takes on a life of its own. Now it's up to me to make it work!
During these initial years of building my business, my partner was diagnosed with a rare cancer with an unknown primary location. She just finished her second year of chemo and radiation, is building up her strength and is my number one encourager to get the shop back up to speed and my art onto Etsy! Something I've wanted to do from the start. I got here by surrounding myself with positive, encouraging people --- they have offered strength during times when I wasn't sure I was on the right path.
Clay has saved my life more than once. Although not for sale on this site, I have created several "conceptual" pieces and like an old country song, they tell stories about the hard times, lost loves and personal transformation. My experiences in expressing emotions through clay leads me to believe that working with clay is a deeply healing art.
Much of the pottery you find in this shop is what I call functional art. It is pleasing to the eye while serving a purpose. I strive to make each bowl, plate, cup or glass feel good in the hand. Some pieces are just for bringing beauty to your home (check out the Ikebanas) or to serve a singular purpose, like hold the cremains of your beloved pet (or person).
I am happy to make things to fit your needs. If you see a bowl that you would like in a certain size, let me know. If you like a glaze on an Ikebana and would like a set of dinnerware in that glaze, let me know. If your son's wife's favorite sister's dog just died and you'd like an urn with its likeness on it, let me know. If your friend is a smoker and collects elephants, let me know!
My partner, Nancy Gause, brings her own unique works of art to the store. She has been green- and pyro-carving gourds since 1998; working with cloth, string and fabrics since 1966 (just a wee babe); now she burns her geometrics on boxes and canes, anything that won't ignite!
On the really great days of her recovery, she works to transform ratty old lampshades into a hand-woven, one-of-a-kind pieces that will have all your guests jealous of your good taste. Look around the house to see which of your lampshades need an upgrade. She accepts special orders.
We hope you enjoy what you see in the Squarepeg Pottery store. Share this site with your friends, relatives, and co-workers.
Come to Squarepeg often as we will be adding lots of new items in the next several weeks.
Hello! My name is Peg Craig. I am the
I am a "gourdhead." The best is to hold a fresh gourd in my hand and let it direct the blade. Winter comes and I bring out the burning tool and carve on anything: gourds, boxes, canes. 'Also love to weave and stitch; proud to be an old woman!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Please note that I will not begin making your custom order until I have received payment, so plan and schedule accordingly!
Most things will be completed within 4-8 weeks from time of payment to delivery.(depending on how busy I am).
International Orders are shipped First-Class Mail® International Parcel.
Refunds and Exchanges
IMPORTANT: When doing an exchange/replace the buyer will be responsible for returning items in their original condition as well as return shipping costs. Please note that the replacement order will be shipped after I receive the original order.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love challenges, custom orders, and wholesale orders. Please message me if you have any inquiries.