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    Not for display only!

    January 28th, 2010

    Rooster Dinnerware

    Recently a woman purchased a set of Jean Elton’s hand-painted dishes and brought them home to put them on display.  Her young son was so excited to see them and immediately asked if they could be used for dinner.  “No!” She answered.  “Those are too nice to use, they are only for display!”

    Her son was so disappointed.  “Why is it all the nice things in this house are only for display?”

    While she was right that Jean Elton hand-painted dishes are lovely for use on display, they are durable enough to be used every day!  And if you’d like to see the whole process, check back in a few days for a video of the making of the plates, from start to finish.

    “I just LOVE the mugs”

    January 20th, 2010

    You’ve seen how the mugs are made, but do people actually enjoy using them?  Don’t take our word for it, take Sandra’s, an avid fan of Jean Elton, especially the mugs.

    I just LOVE the mugs – they are the BEST I have every owned – from a drinking perspective, and art form – they are simply the BEST and everyone should own a set of these……
    Love them!!!!

    Jean Elton through the Decades: The 70’s

    January 11th, 2010

    Their journey with clay began in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1973, where Lois and Bill fell in love with pottery.  They learned there was to be a class at the military rec center on pouring molds by an instructor who had an MFA in pottery.  Upon arriving at the rec center, however, they were disappointed to learn the class was not on pouring molds, but on using the potter’s wheel.  But Providence intervened because their whole lives changed that night.  They loved working on the wheel and they spent many nights and every weekend at that rec center to learn more.  While Bill continued working on the wheel, Lois began hand-building slab teapots.  Looking back now, she says, “They were hysterical!”

    In 1974, they moved to Heilbronn, Germany.  They had a small wheel installed in their kitchen, so they could continue what was then only a hobby.

    lois at wheel

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