baumanstoneware

Pottery with heart, soul, tradition.....and whimsy.

Indiana, United States · 2422 Sales

baumanstoneware

Pottery with heart, soul, tradition.....and whimsy.

Indiana, United States 2422 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(1096)

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I've been making a living with potter's wheel and kiln, clay and glazes, for 30 years now. What an interesting time in which we live. Back in 1978 I headed down the road with my '66 Buick Skylark packed from dashboard to trunk with the first pots I'd made in my tiny (8'X16') shop. And now, thirty years later, I'm beginning this new adventure -- packing up my shopping site with pixels of pots for sale. I don't even have to pull out of my driveway!

My pottery is high-fired stoneware. Stoneware is a clay that is fired high enough to be vitrified. That means it would be non-porous even if it weren't glazed. My glazes are all food safe. The pottery is microwavable, dishwasher safe, and can be used in the oven (where size and function and practicality permit).

This isn't factory work. My wife, Dar, and I make every piece by hand. We have no employees. We use a potter's wheel and have two gas-fired kilns in which we fire the work.

Copy and paste into browser box for article on my kiln! --> http://www.ceramicartsdaily.org/magazines/Ceramics%20Monthly/2008septcomment.aspx

The pieces you select to buy will be packed well for shipping. We've shipped for most of our thirty years and have lost VERY few pieces in all those years.

Announcement

Welcome to my shopping site!

I've been making a living with potter's wheel and kiln, clay and glazes, for 30 years now. What an interesting time in which we live. Back in 1978 I headed down the road with my '66 Buick Skylark packed from dashboard to trunk with the first pots I'd made in my tiny (8'X16') shop. And now, thirty years later, I'm beginning this new adventure -- packing up my shopping site with pixels of pots for sale. I don't even have to pull out of my driveway!

My pottery is high-fired stoneware. Stoneware is a clay that is fired high enough to be vitrified. That means it would be non-porous even if it weren't glazed. My glazes are all food safe. The pottery is microwavable, dishwasher safe, and can be used in the oven (where size and function and practicality permit).

This isn't factory work. My wife, Dar, and I make every piece by hand. We have no employees. We use a potter's wheel and have two gas-fired kilns in which we fire the work.

Copy and paste into browser box for article on my kiln! --> http://www.ceramicartsdaily.org/magazines/Ceramics%20Monthly/2008septcomment.aspx

The pieces you select to buy will be packed well for shipping. We've shipped for most of our thirty years and have lost VERY few pieces in all those years.

John and Dar Bauman

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John and Dar Bauman

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1096)
dawnsong

dawnsong on Jul 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing and exquisite, but that's what I expect from this artist. Opening a Bauman box is thrilling. Love the 20 ouncer, John. Thanks!

markcollinswatercolo

markcollinswatercolo on Jul 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I have been collecting functional pottery for thirty years and I have never been as enamored with any piece as much as I am with this one. It is stunning. Everything about it is exquisite and perfect; the shape, the fit of the lid, the rich autumn colors of the glaze, the beautifully turned acorns and lifelike leaf impressions. Just gorgeous! I can't believe you "threw" the acorns on the wheel! Thanks too for the surprise treats. My mother is an "acorn nut," too, so I plan to give her the pin. I designed a tile entry way for her home that is leaves and acorns because she loves them so much. I am thrilled to be able to pass along a little of your creativity. I will be keeping an eye on your site. I'm already loving other items :) Thanks for creating and producing such fine work. What a gem this is!!!

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About

My wife's and my sole livlihood has been from this pottery for over 35 years.

Take a look around the shop.

On any given day you'll find pots in all stages of completion. Sometimes the ware carts are full. Other times, right after a series of firings and art fairs, there will only be a few pieces in progress.

I still do everything by hand. All my pots are thrown on the wheel. I use one wheel for throwing and another for trimming. Even after thirty years of making my living as a potter I still enjoy my time at the wheel. Aside from the sheer pleasure of the feel of my hands on clay, I love the spontaneous results that come from clay turning into form. Though I may set out with a

fairly specific shape in mind, the action of the wheel, and sometimes the cussedness of clay, can result in an even more interesting pot than I had in mind. Through that slow evolution, I can look back at the “same" pots I made a few years back and be amazed at the subtle changes that occurred without plan.

Perhaps one of the main reasons I pursued a living as a craftsman was my fascination with the process of how a thing is made. Sure, I enjoy the finished work – either my own pottery, or the pieces made by other potters that I have collected over the years. I enjoy using them. I can appreciate the way a good hand-made thing can elevate the simplest activities – can make them so much more enjoyable. Whether it’s the joy of coffee in a favorite mug, or seeing a table set for company with a variety of handmade pots decorating the table, the handmade pot transforms the mundane into an event.

But the joy found in the handmade runs deeper. Especially pottery made by hand. Its pleasure can be found in its inherent irregularity – that “perfect” that isn’t perfect. The fact that even when pots are made in sets, or in multiples with a single idea in mind, there is still a slight lack of uniformity that renders more character to each individual piece. It can be like looking at a family – a family with resemblance and yet individuality. Charming, really.

And there’s joy in the marks left by the maker. The fact that a potter can take these elements, clay, water, stone and fire, shape them to will, and the whole of the finished piece will still be greater than the sum of what the potter put into it. And still, even at that, you can’t help but be aware of the act of the human hand in the creation.

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Last updated on February 4, 2011

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