Michael LaRoche Dirtworks Pottery

Blacksburg, Virginia

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Note from shop owner I am in Leesburg, VA for an art show, see you next time around, thanks for visiting!

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Last updated on Mar 6, 2015

I am in Leesburg, VA for an art show, see you next time around, thanks for visiting!

Michael LaRoche

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form loves function #landscape #ceramics ~ abstractions ~ poetic markings

Michael LaRoche Pottery
* form loves function *
landscape + ceramics
~abstractions ~ poetic markings~

My career began in Landscape Architecture and has shifted toward making pottery for my livelihood, and I LOVE IT!!!

Pursuit of color, abstractions from the world around us. Making the literal beautiful. So much can be found in the world to give us hope for a brighter future. Finding forms that keep me inspired and making new pots is what makes me tick. Finding art in the functional kitchen wares with graceful forms.

Sustainability, each piece made is a commitment to quality and once fired in the kiln at such high temperatures this cannot be undone, so I want my work to be good before I fire it into that forever state of stone vitrification.

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email inquiries to: Michael [!at] mldirtworks.com

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  • Michael LaRoche

    Owner, Maker, I Make The Pottery

    It has taken time to get here but I love it, to make clay into forms that inspire me. Reconnecting to the process of making excites my being. Design and its subtle evolution of each decision I make as my eye for detail blooms.

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Last updated on May 9, 2022
How will art revolutionize my life? Let it awaken your creative juices and get out there and make something!

Patterns found in nature both precise and random, and that expression becomes an interpretation of life experiences into pottery. Not to separate ourselves from nature, but to capture the interactions of being human and alive and a part of nature.

As I try to capture a moment, a place, my thoughts, this awake and aware contrast to this reality, I hope some beautiful things are made. As I gain that intuitive control in the process of making with clay, watching the work bloom, our lives expand into an overwhelming appreciation of all things. I want to share this joy of keeping art in our lives thank you for visiting my pottery shop.

My end product is a focus on quality, on that smooth bottom that will not scratch a table. The quality of a clean line, or a carefully controlled randomness.

As one of my customers in Alexandria noticed and quoted saying: "your pots have such smooth bottoms". Well I sand them smooth, but also create pots with feet with soft beveled or curved edges to protect your table, and encourage daily use!!

Eating from glass and pottery and avoiding plastics, my pottery uses glazes free of lead and barium and are food safe, dishwasher safe, and can be put in the microwave.

My work is NOT suitable for open fire/flame. BUT my work CAN be heated in the oven with even heating up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, this is typical of all the stoneware clay I use. Use slow cooling and avoid dramatic temperature shock. For instance if you left your mug in the freezer or in the snow let it warm up a bit before shocking it with extremely hot coffee.

Upon your purchase I will give back to you a discount for future purchases with a coupon code that is good for a season or three. Please favorite <3 my shop and come back often!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be happy with your purchase! If there is a problem, please contact me immediately so that we can work together in resolving the issue.

Refunds are available within 7 days of receipt once I receive the item back in its original condition. Shipping costs are non-refundable. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. Please notify me before returning an item.

Damage during shipping: Email me as many good pictures you can of the damage first, I will gladly ship you another item as closely replicated as possible to your order, or refund your order and we can start the process over again.
I accept PayPal payments, Credit Cards and Etsy Gift Cards through Etsy's Direct Checkout

* You don't need a PayPal account to purchase through PayPal; you can use a credit card or debit card to make purchases through PayPal.
PLEASE NOTE: Ensure that your PayPal / Etsy address is current and complete. I ship to the address in which payment is received.

Thank you for your Purchase! I will promptly ship your item the next business day with a two-day priority mailing with the US Postal Service.

Packaging for pottery is critical, so I use bubble wrap and usually double boxing. It may not be elegant, but I plan for it to arrive intact as best I can! I use recycled shredded packing paper and when I can get my hands on previously used bubble wrap or peanuts I will re-use them as well. Three R's!!! Recycle, Reduce, Re-Use

Custom Orders: look for the timeframe on the order, if it states custom order, there is a making process period of usually several weeks (1-2 weeks depending on the item)

Once your custom order is made, I will email or convo you with more details and usually include a photograph of the completed pottery.

I insure my shipping with USPS, I am open to international orders, but do not currently have them set up to ship.

International Orders: the customer is responsible for custom fees and paying import taxes
Additional policies and FAQs
Unique requests and Custom orders:
1) you bought from me at a craft show and want more similar* or as closely replicated/related as possible... pictures/pictures/pictures emailed a must! Take the pottery outside on a cloudy day to take a picture or in the shade/shadows of a building for best lighting. Indoor dark pictures are difficult to see.

2) you received a gift and my business card was with it and you want more!!! gladly email me pictures!!!

Wholesale Orders:
Email or convo me to begin a discussion for buying wholesale. I only wholesale in sufficient quantities or volume of order, specifically to art galleries, mom-n-pop physical retail gift shops.