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January 2018
The Potter's Wife & BlackTree Studio Pottery
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A MESSAGE TO OUR RETAILERS:
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Thank you for your wholesale pottery orders in 2017. This email presents new 2018 designs for you to consider. 

Of course, we continue to offer our most popular stoneware pieces including Favorite Bowls and Crucibles. 

We look forward to working with you! 

Louise Belmont-Skinner &
Steven Skinner

 
    NEW POTTERY DESIGNS IN 2018
  • Stoneware Bonnet Bowl
  • Stoneware Jug with Handle
  • Stoneware Terrine
  • Stoneware Oval Platter
    OUR FAVORITE DESIGNS
  • Stoneware and Porcelain Wrapped Bowls
  • Stoneware Favorite Bowls
  • Crucibles
For more information and wholesale prices please email me at this link.
 
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If your plans take you to American Craft Show in Baltimore (February 21 thru February 25, 2018) please stop by our booth, # 807.

 
 
New stoneware pottery designs for 2018
 
STONEWARE BONNET BOWL
Hand built and wheel thrown stoneware
16" diameter x 5" high

 
In late 2017 Steve made several prototypes based on a new concept.
Like many of his past designs he worked on a bowl that combined function with a sculptural, handbuilt form.


 
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Above: Bonnet Bowl #7629 with Salt Blue glaze
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Above: Bonnet Bowl #7628 with Creme Brulee glaze inside the bowl and on its brim.
 
 

STONEWARE JUG WITH HANDLE
9" h x 7" diameter - Holds over 48 oz.
Glazed interior. Exterior is washed with iron oxide.


A truly robust JUG worthy of the best of spirits shared among the best of friends. The jug's organic shape is inspired by a gourd grown in our family garden.
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Stoneware Jug with stoneware stoneware wrapped Whiskey Cups... perfect combo!
 
 
STONEWARE TERRINE
14" long x 9" wide x 4" high
Available in a glazed interior of Creme Brulee, Titanium Blue & Yellow Salt. 
Unglazed exterior with iron oxide.


Another new design for 2018: an oval stoneware tureen with
a stoneware "ribbon" wrapped around the bowl's base to create its walls. 
The impetus for this design was a customer who loved our work's organic quality
but needed/wanted a piece which could fit on a narrow table in a hallway.
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Stoneware Oval Terrines glazed with Creme Brulee #7519 and Titanium Blue #7573
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Stoneware Oval Terrine glazed with Yellow Salt #7636.
 
 
STONEWARE OVAL PLATTER
 16" long x 9" wide x 3"
Glazes: Titanium Blue (top), Yellow Salt (bottom), and Creme Brulee (not pictured). glazes

Call this an "aha" moment.  Steve finished his morning coffee and
walked into the studio. He made an oval stoneware slab and... violà. 
The oval platter was created.
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Stoneware Oval Platter with Titanium Blue  and Yellow Salt glazes.
 
 
Our customers' favorite stoneware designs.
STONEWARE WRAPPED BOWL
This bowl elegantly combines pottery making techniques: 
the traditional wheel thrown bowl with a hand built "ribbon" wrapped around its top.
We add porcelain inlay for a calligraphic and distinctive touch.
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Small Wrapped Bowls (2 with porcelain inlay) in Yellow Salt, Creme Brulee, Titanium Blues
Available in 3 diameter sizes: Small 6" (above), medium 8", large 10"
Interior glazes: Creme Brulee, Titanium Blue, Yellow Salt, Shaner's White, Vegas Red
Exterior "Wrap" comes in natural stoneware or with porcelain inlay
 
 
STONEWARE FAVORITE BOWLS
One-of-a-kind bowls which are delicately artful yet functional. 
The bowls make a unique setting for the host
who combines artful tableware with an artisanal meal. 
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A mixture of small, medium and large Favorite Bowls in Titanium Blue.
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Medium-sized Favorite Bowls with Creme Brulee glaze.
FAVORITE BOWLS
Available in 3 sizes: small 5' dia.x 3.5" h; medium 6" dia x 4" h; and lg 7" dia x 3.25"
Interior glazes: Titanium Blue or Creme Brulee
All exteriors have a porcelain inlay design.
 
 
STONEWARE CRUCIBLES

Our Crucible is a best seller. You tell us it's  a unique gift for a house warming, a bridal shower, a brother-in-law who loves to bake, or... And, the Bread & Crucible booklet, with the potter's bread recipe, makes this design one of our most popular offerings.
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(above): 7" diameter x 5" high
​Glazes: (left) Creme Brulee, (middle) Titanium Blue, and (right) Yellow Salt
Exteriors: (left and middle) Porcelain Inlay and (right) Natural Stoneware
 
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(above):  7"diameter x 5 high
​Glaze: Shaner's White
Exteriors: (left) Porcelain White Wash; (right) Porcelain Speckles
 
 
STONEWARE PASTA BOWLS
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PASTA BOWLS
Stoneware with Titanium Blue glaze
8" diameter x 2"-3" tall
 
 
STONEWARE COMFORT CUPS
I was so excited to see these tumblers when first pulled from the kiln,
that I rushed them to the photo table, set up the shot and
poured my favorite IPA into the nearest cup.  I wanted an action shot...!
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STONEWARE COMFORT CUP (12 ounces)
4.5" tall x 3.5" diameter at top
Titanium Blue glaze - Hot or cold liquids
 
 
To a peace-filled, productive, compassionate 2018!
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Steve and I lift our Comfort Cups (just taken from the kiln) to wish you a happy and full 2018. For us that includes friends, family, laughter, storytelling, good food and drink, dogs and cats, good health, a thriving garden, and lots of work and lots of firings! And may the "dreamers" and all of us who dream find what we are looking for.  
 
For more information about these pieces available in 2018 please email me at Louisemarion@mac.com or give me a call 773.318.9161.
The Potter's Wife & BlackTree Studio Pottery
Steven Skinner & Louise Belmont-Skinner
BlackTree Studio Pottery 
South Woods, New Carlisle, IN
For all your questions and information please email us:
Louisemarion@mac.com ~ 773.318.9161
Website: BlackTreeStudio.com

 
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We moved to rural northwest Indiana from Chicago where we lived for 30 years.
We are both trained artists. We run the studio as a team discussing the concepts, designs and business behind our pottery, everyday. We have taken on distinct roles: Steve creates most of the pottery and I manage the business, marketing and photos, and The Potter's Wife which, exclusively sells pottery from BlackTree Studio. 
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The Elene William Kiln: named after Steve's grandmother who inspired him to be an artist.
We fire in 2 gas kilns. It takes 14-16 hours to fire to 2400 degrees, then 3 days to cool it down. Our pots must cool slowly. We glaze only the pottery's interior making them susceptible to cracking if cooled too quickly.


 
However, at the end of the process, when the kiln's temperature drops below 100 degrees, and we unbrick the kiln's opening, the results can be spectacular.



 
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The Joyce Kiln in springtime, named after the artist's mom.