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With These Hands Pottery by Jennie Blair

Conway, New Hampshire

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Announcement    Welcome to With These Hands Pottery, functional hand thrown stoneware.
Find more of my work on my website Withthesehandspottery.com

I graduated college with a BFA in Ceramics in 2000 while living in New Hampshire, and then moved west to discover so much more than I had ever intended. Those early years working as a potter and my journey entering true adulthood began in Montana . My one year commitment as an apprentice in Whitefish, Montana, turned into a 13 year stay in the beautiful state.

I've always enjoyed creating things with my hands. Pottery became a means to make a living, and at the same time fed my soul and offered me a place to feel safe, joyous and peaceful. My pottery is about feeling good, balanced, natural and alive. It is about creating something useful, functional and practical while also sharing energy with everything that crosses its path.


It has been hard defining what influences my work. My time in the high mountain dessert that I lived in for most of those 13 years was a place I became so much of the person I am today. I didn't see the fields of golden grasses, rocky mountain tops, and rushing rivers where I found solace to be reflected in my pottery until after leaving that incredible place. But it is more than just the picture and scenery. It is about the story.

I returned back to the place I was born and raised in 2013, the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It has been a new journey continuing to make pots, and establishing my 'own' studio. Like life, we grow and change, hoping to get better and better everyday, may it be in making better pots, or being a better human. This third phase of my life has endured much growth in both areas, and my influences feel so undefinable. The influence is in the story and all that tags along with those experiences. Emotion. Love. Loss. Pain. And Joy.


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I have been making pottery since 1998. All of my work is handthrown stoneware, high fired in a reduction atmosphere to 2300 degrees. All of my glazes are lead free, and pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe.

I want to create pottery that is not only functional, but beautiful to sight and touch. An earthy and unique feeling in each pot makes for a comfortable piece to hold as you enjoy the goodness it contains. Sharing my work with others allows me to pass on my vision of the peace that nature brings me. Close your eyes and feel with your heart what another has created, and you too can create.

I currently show my work in Cello, a gallery in Bozeman, MT. In Conway, New Hampshire in the White Mountains where I live now, my work shows at Art Works in Chocorua, The Lyceum in Tamworth, Jackson Art in Jackson, The League of NH Craftsmen Gallery in North Conway, Concord, Littleton, Hanover, Hocksett and Nashua.
Thanks for looking through my shop and hopefully you will enjoy what you see. And check out my other shop on Esty, RePeace Goods, repeacegoods.etsy.com. It is a collection of repurposed fabric bags and other items, along with some vintage things too.

Visit my website withthesehandspottery.com

Find me on Facebook too
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/With-These-Hands-Pottery/309972135811378

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 17, 2020

Welcome to With These Hands Pottery, functional hand thrown stoneware.
Find more of my work on my website Withthesehandspottery.com

I graduated college with a BFA in Ceramics in 2000 while living in New Hampshire, and then moved west to discover so much more than I had ever intended. Those early years working as a potter and my journey entering true adulthood began in Montana . My one year commitment as an apprentice in Whitefish, Montana, turned into a 13 year stay in the beautiful state.

I've always enjoyed creating things with my hands. Pottery became a means to make a living, and at the same time fed my soul and offered me a place to feel safe, joyous and peaceful. My pottery is about feeling good, balanced, natural and alive. It is about creating something useful, functional and practical while also sharing energy with everything that crosses its path.


It has been hard defining what influences my work. My time in the high mountain dessert that I lived in for most of those 13 years was a place I became so much of the person I am today. I didn't see the fields of golden grasses, rocky mountain tops, and rushing rivers where I found solace to be reflected in my pottery until after leaving that incredible place. But it is more than just the picture and scenery. It is about the story.

I returned back to the place I was born and raised in 2013, the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It has been a new journey continuing to make pots, and establishing my 'own' studio. Like life, we grow and change, hoping to get better and better everyday, may it be in making better pots, or being a better human. This third phase of my life has endured much growth in both areas, and my influences feel so undefinable. The influence is in the story and all that tags along with those experiences. Emotion. Love. Loss. Pain. And Joy.


***
I have been making pottery since 1998. All of my work is handthrown stoneware, high fired in a reduction atmosphere to 2300 degrees. All of my glazes are lead free, and pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe.

I want to create pottery that is not only functional, but beautiful to sight and touch. An earthy and unique feeling in each pot makes for a comfortable piece to hold as you enjoy the goodness it contains. Sharing my work with others allows me to pass on my vision of the peace that nature brings me. Close your eyes and feel with your heart what another has created, and you too can create.

I currently show my work in Cello, a gallery in Bozeman, MT. In Conway, New Hampshire in the White Mountains where I live now, my work shows at Art Works in Chocorua, The Lyceum in Tamworth, Jackson Art in Jackson, The League of NH Craftsmen Gallery in North Conway, Concord, Littleton, Hanover, Hocksett and Nashua.
Thanks for looking through my shop and hopefully you will enjoy what you see. And check out my other shop on Esty, RePeace Goods, repeacegoods.etsy.com. It is a collection of repurposed fabric bags and other items, along with some vintage things too.

Visit my website withthesehandspottery.com

Find me on Facebook too
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/With-These-Hands-Pottery/309972135811378

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Clay has shaped me into the potter that I am.

I have been immersed in clay since 1998. Along with the many other facets that shape an individual, clay has been one that I have been able to rely on to always be there to express myself.

I graduated from college in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. I was torn my senior year between becoming a painter, a metal sculptor and a potter. I felt so much passion for all three. But, as I thought about my future and about the practicalities of making a living as a painter or sculptor, those just didn't seem to make sense. For me pottery was practical, functional, and utilitarian. Although those words just sound dull to me at times, as I look into myself, at the core of my being, the things that are most important to me tend to be those that are practical, functional and utilitarian.

I have been so lucky to have worked along side 4 production potters over a 14 year period, all of whom offered very different styles and methods of working. I have gathered knowledge from their experience, as well as created my own style with the resources and experiences that have followed me since my journey in clay began.

My work has progressed into the depiction of my experiences and the feeling of peace I find in my places of solace; emersed in my natural environment, time with my people, and my tiny little studio that is so sacred of a space. Although I still embrace the function of a pot, it is important to me that it feels right too. Balance, energy, and texture, three important things that I incorporate into my pots, and more importantly try lead my life by. Clay has had the ability to not only ground me, but also let me be totally free.

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  • Jennie Blair

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    Since graduating from Plymouth State College in 2000 after receiving my BFA in Studio Art, I had been working for other production potters along the way, creating a foundation of experience to be where I am now creating pottery for myself.

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Last updated on February 7, 2018
I have been making hand-thrown pottery since 1998. All of my work is high fired cone 10 reduction stoneware or porcelain in a gas kiln. I want to create pottery that is not only functional, but beautiful to sight and touch.
Sharing my work with others allows me to pass on my interpretation of the peace and balance that creating pottery brings me. Close your eyes and feel with your heart what another has created, and you too can create. There is energy in everything.

I currently show my work at: Cello in Bozeman, Montana, and the following galleries and shops in New Hampshire: Artworks in Chocorua, The Lyceum in Tamworth, Jackson Art in Jackson, Lucy Hardware in Intervale, and the following League of NH Craftsmen Galleries: North Conway, Littleton, Hanover, Nashua, Concord and Hocksett.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I do want you to be happy with your purchase, but please know that each piece is unique, and sometimes glaze colors vary slightly from the picture, from piece to piece, and within a piece, that's part of its beauty. If you are truly unhappy, contact me and we will try to work out a return or exchange.
Payment
I accept paypal and credit card payments. All orders will be shipped within a week of your order, and usually take 3-7 days to arrive.
Shipping
I ship primarily through the United States Postal Service. I am very experienced in packing pottery and shipping. But in the event that something is damaged, please contact me so that we can work out a replacement. Each one is unique and one of a kind, and will do my best to replace the piece(s).

If you are having your purchase shipped to anywhere outside the continental US (Alaska and Hawaii), please contact me so we can arrange for an increase in shipping charges. It is usually a bit more to ship to to those states.

I use all recycled and reused packing materials to cut down on the use and disposal of new ones. It is my attempt to divert what I can from the landfill. I encourage you to use these materials again, or find a local business who collects them to reuse.

FOR CHRISTMAS SHIPPING...
For orders purchased after Dec. 16, please contact me about shipping and arrival times, if you need your order by Christmas. We can arrange to have things expedited for an additional charge. Send me a conversation/email before you confirm your purchase so we can make arrangements to be sure it arrives in time.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do make customs pots, and can personlize them. Drop a me a line if you are interested...