TwoOwlsPottery

Handmade pottery for everyday use.

Crozet, Virginia | 28 Sales

TwoOwlsPottery

Handmade pottery for everyday use.

Crozet, Virginia 28 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars (9)

Announcement   Re-Opening my Etsy Shop. I have lots of product in my studio, too many to list. If you don't see what you're looking for, please contact us. Remember, if you are in the area, please consider coming to my studio which is open anytime by appointment, so contact me first.

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Last updated on Feb 26, 2018

Re-Opening my Etsy Shop. I have lots of product in my studio, too many to list. If you don't see what you're looking for, please contact us. Remember, if you are in the area, please consider coming to my studio which is open anytime by appointment, so contact me first.

Roslyn Nuesch

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Roslyn Nuesch

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The Story of Two Owls

The Story of Two Owls:
I took my first pottery class with a local potter, Becky Garrity, who encouraged me to take a class with Tom Clarkson at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), in Charlottesville, Va. which I did in 2002. Well, one class and I was hooked. As an athlete and jockey, I never thought of myself as an artist or creative in any way, but I soon found out differently.
At PVCC, my classmates all seemed to have a stamp to put on their pottery as their signature. I thought I would give it a try, so I looked thru all of my mother's jewelry, I had inherited, to see if I could find something suitable. Well, my mother was very fond of owls, so naturally, I found two owls among her possessions that I started testing on my pottery. One day, I was glazing some pieces that I had used my new stamp, with the two owls on, when my professor, Tom, walked in and said, "So you're Two Owls." Evidently, he had been wondering whose stamp that was. Well, the name resonated with me because, as an adoptee, I had recently found my birth family and discovered that I am Native American. Native Americans are named at birth according to what is happening around them at the time of their birth, usually associated with nature. Later in life, society bestows on them a new name which is earned by their life experiences and accomplishments. I wasn't ready for my own studio, yet, but knew that when I was it would be called Two Owls. Thank you Tom!

The Process:
Pottery made by Roslyn Nuesch of Two Owls Pottery in Crozet, Virginia. My pottery is handmade on the wheel and or hand built from slabs or a combination of the two. I make all of my glazes from scratch, with about 15 that I can use in many different combinations or applications, such as spraying, dipping and or hand painting.
First I must measure and wedge the clay to remove any air bubbles then throw it on the wheel or make a slab out of it. After I make a piece on the wheel, I let it dry for 24 hours then I trim it and add a handle or attachment if needed. Then it goes through a long drying process before it is fired for the first time. This firing takes about 24 hours. When it comes out of this firing it is called green ware. Next I sand any rough spots, wash it and wax the bottom so no glaze will stick there. If glaze is on the bottom of a piece, it will stick to the kiln shelf and be ruined, along with my shelf. Glaze application is next, which I do in several ways, either dipping, spraying or hand painting. Again, let it dry for another 24 hours and it's ready to go in the glaze kiln. I must have enough pieces (50 to 100 depending on the sizes) to fill up the kiln before I can fire it. The glaze firing takes at least 24 hours and sometimes a bit longer because the kiln must be completely cool before I can open it. Then the magic happens, beautiful pottery comes out which must be inspected for any defects then priced, photographed and inventoried, before it goes on the studio shelf for sale. This whole process takes approximately 4-8weeks.
Please remember all pottery is handmade and items will have slight variations in size, measurements and color. This gives them character, meaning no two will be exactly alike but are Brand new and most are signed and/or stamped with my two owl’s logo. Sometimes I miss one but not too often. All my pottery is food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, provided you avoid extreme temperature changes.

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