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    Facebook, Twitter, and Other JE News

    December 21st, 2009

    Many of you may be reading this blog because we now have a Facebook and Twitter presence.  But for those of you who read and do not know, please check us out on both!  If you are on Facebook, become a fan!  Or follow us on Twitter here.

    In other news, starting in the new year, Jean Elton’s online gallery will become a fully fledged store.  Instead of ordering via email or phone, you will be able to shop online.  Check on the site in January for its new look!

    Meanwhile, happy holidays and merry Christmas from all of us here at Jean Elton Studio and Gallery.

    Corporate Gifts

    December 17th, 2009

    Around this time of year, the artists at Jean Elton Studio and Gallery are quite busy with a number of corporate gift orders.  You have seen the Making of the Mug, but in addition to pressing mugs, they have been pressing plates and building bowls.  It is not an easy process, especially considering the orders are anywhere from 50 to 150!  But at Jean Elton, they love those kind of orders!

    It usually starts around September, because in order to complete larger orders, they need plenty of time!  A busy professional will pick the piece that they want (mug, plate, etc.) and then pick an accompanying glaze.  For an extra special touch, they may purchase a stamp with the company’s logo to be stamped onto each piece.  Jean Elton will keep the stamp so that each year, the professional can purchase an additional piece to match their previous years’ gifts.

    Over the next several months, the pieces will be pressed or built (depending on the item), trimmed and cleaned up, fired in a bisque firing, glazed, and then fired again.  The items are then packed and ready to be shipped!

    Keep this in mind next year, as you wonder what to get for your employees, customers, or clients!  And don’t forget to order a stamp for that extra special touch.

    Jean Elton through the Decades: Introduction

    December 11th, 2009

    Though this blog is relatively new, Jean Elton Studio and Gallery has been around for decades. It is a business owned and run by William and Lois Barker, and has spanned the length of their 35-year marriage. Dishes that they made over 30 years ago are still in their cabinets and used every day.

    They began in 1973 in Lawton, Oklahoma when Bill was in the military.  Lois would go to a local rec center and build her signature coiled vases.  Then, in 1974, they moved to Germany, where Lois showed her artwork in military craft shows in Stuttgart.  In 1977, they moved back to Oklahoma and their pieces were in a gallery in Oklahoma City, as well as The Galleria in Dallas, Texas.  In 1979, they moved to VT and continued to work and show their pieces.  Eventually, after moving a few more times, in 1986 they moved back to Connecticut and built a studio. It started with a potter’s wheel and a small kiln and evolved into what it is today.  Now, they continue to develop new designs for their artwork and dinnerware, which you have seen and will continue to see on this site, as well as in their store.

    For a more detailed history, keep checking this blog for the new series “Jean Elton Through the Decades”.  You will learn how the business started and see the pottery (and the artists!) evolve through the years.

    Shopping at Jean Elton from Home

    December 5th, 2009

    Can’t make it to the Holiday Show today or tomorrow?  You’re in luck!  Take some time to browse the gallery below and, if you see something you like, feel free to place an order!  We can’t guarantee that specific item will still be available (although it can’t hurt to ask!), but we are happy to duplicate items if we can.

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    2009 Holiday Handcraft Show: A Preview

    December 4th, 2009

    This upcoming weekend is the 2009 Holiday Handcraft Show featuring Jean Elton art, dinnerware, and ornaments.  Not quite sold yet on coming?  Here are some pictures to help convince you!