Welcome to a very special post-isode of The Aliso Kitchen! In honor of hitting the 200 Like mark on Facebook (and then some!), I’m celebrating with a giveaway. What might I be sharing? Oh, just a gorgeous, hand-crafted mug made by wonderful potter, Laura Beavers.
I was so impressed with Laura’s work when I found her on Etsy that I immediately ordered two mugs: one for myself and one for one of you lucky ducks! But, I was itching for more information about Laura, and how she entered this interesting field. So, I asked!
Here’s a bit of Laura Beavers’ story:
I started making pottery in 1995 in Seagrove, NC (25 miles from my house) under 5th generation potter, Sid Luck of Luck’s Ware. He is to this day one of the most generous, nonjudgmental, terrific people that I know. He has helped me for 18 years as well as countless other potter wannabes. I was almost an art major in college, but changed at the last minute, unsure of exactly what I was going to do with my life as an art major! When I later discovered pottery (which was not offered at UNC when I was there in the mid 80′s), I knew I had figured out what I needed and wanted to do.
I worked at Sid’s shop full time until the end of 2012, when I moved an old building from my Dad’s barn to my house. The drive to Seagrove had just gotten too long at that point and I currently make more pottery sales online that I make at Luck’s Ware! I make mostly functional, traditional pottery and considering who my mentor is, that only makes sense!
I plan on making pots at least 4 days a week starting tomorrow! I use several different types of clay based on what color glaze I’m using. I have 5 glazes that work best on red clay, about 6 glazes that work on buff colored clay with specks, and I use a high fire stoneware for salt glaze. Sid built a groundhog salt kiln about 8 years ago under his sons’ urging and we fire it about 6-7 times a year.
We have about 14 horses, Tennessee Walkers, a Quarter horse, and miniature horses and I have a mobile/online tack store for miniature horses, complete with an embroidery machine (that’s why I have 2 Etsy shops!).
About the mug:
This rusty red glazed mug holds just over 16 ounces is:
- Microwave safe
- Dishwasher safe
- Oven safe
You can keep up with L aura’s other projects on the Beavers Pottery Facebook Page. Go ahead and Like!
About the giveaway:
Alright, everyone. This giveaway is on for a whole two weeks. All of the information you need to know is listed below in the terms and conditions.
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I did not receive this product for free. Instead, I received a discount on the base price of the mug, and purchased it for this giveaway.
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