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    Upcoming Shows

    August 19th, 2011

    Today we will be exhibiting at the Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Show in Bellefonte, PA.  Hours are 10am to 8pm today, and 10am to 5pm tomorrow.

    We will also be exhibiting at the Suffield Arts & Crafts Show in Suffield, CT on September 9 and 10.

    If you’re in the area of either, stop by our booth!


    Jean Elton through the Decades: The 80’s

    August 17th, 2011

    When we last left them, it was 1979 and Bill and Lois of Jean Elton Studio had moved to Hanover, New Hampshire.  Bill was studying for his MBA and Lois continued her pottery.

    In 1980, Bill graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and they moved to Simsbury, CT.  They lived in an old house and transformed their basement into a pottery studio consisting of two potter’s wheels and a small, portable kiln outside (this was the same kiln that had been with them in Germany!).  Eventually, they outgrew this kiln so Bill built a larger gas kiln outside.

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    In 1982, their daughter was born but even as new parents, they kept up with their pottery!

    In 1983, they moved to McLean, VA, where they lived in a one-bedroom, furnished apartment.  They had to put their kiln and wheels in storage for several years at this point, but they continued their pottery at the Fairfax County Rec Center, of which they have very fond memories.  Some of the dinnerware sets they made there are still in their kitchen to this day (as you can see after the jump). Read the rest of this entry »