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Creating a handmade pottery mug to honour healthcare workers

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Creating a handmade pottery mug to honour healthcare workers

Thanks & Gratitude in the face of COVID-19 We are deeply grateful for the work of our Chief Public Health Officer and all the healthcare workers she represents across the Island that have helped keep us safe and healthy. Dark Days of Spring Last spring we had to layoff our potters and close the studio. The future of our studio was uncertain with a nearly complete collapse of the wholesale side of our business and the prospect of summer spent in lockdown. We understood it was necessary, vital even, that we stay home. Like everyone else, we watched the public...

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Make a Difference: Shop from Small Business

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Make a Difference: Shop from Small Business

What Your Support Means to Me as a Small Business Owner I’ve been working for more than 25 years but had never worked for myself before we moved to Prince Edward Island and purchased Island Stoneware in 2017. Growing up in Alberta, my parents owned their own business, as did most of our family and friends. I saw up close the joy and the stress of being a small business owner, but I didn’t fully understand the experience until I became a business owner. The rush you get when you can surprise or delight a customer. Then, the immediate worry that there...

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Designs inspired by land & sea

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We draw on the beauty of the land and sea for our creative inspiration and strive every day to create unique, memorable collections worthy of our magnificent surroundings.

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The Power and Flavour of Local

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National Mac and Cheese Day So it turns out there’s a day celebrating almost every conceivable thing you can imagine. My friend and social media guru Susan pointed out to me that July 14th is National Mac and Cheese Day and that it might be fun to make some mac and cheese and photograph it for Facebook or Instagram. Well, I love to cook, have access to amazing, fresh local ingredients here on Prince Edward Island (PEI) and, of course, I own a pottery studio which just happen to have access to beautiful dishes for plating. Susan lives in Nova...

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The Lobster Claw Standard Coffee mug for lobster season!

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It’s lobster season for parts of Prince Edward Island right now. We used a very small but very real lobster to create molds of the claws. Fresh clay gets pressed into a greased mold to create 3-dimensional lobster claws. The claws are removed from the molds and attached to the side of our Standard Coffee Mug. It then needs to dry slowly. The lobster claw coffee mug is glazed in either Iron Red or Beach House (white with blue rim). Of course, all our Island Stoneware pottery is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. Each remarkable piece is a handmade and...

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