Here is a great review and giveaway from a really neat place-Emerson Creek Pottery!
"Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Emerson Creek Pottery artisans are continuing the American tradition of pottery making in a contemporary way. The property on which Emerson Creek Pottery sits was originally a 500-acre land grant from the King of England. In 1825, Silas Wade aquired the land and built his two room, and two story log cabin, now the home of Emerson Creek Pottery. To the north are the majestic Peaks of Otter, visible through the treetops in winter. The land rolls gently away from the house to the creek beds. More information about this historic home can be found in the Virginia Room of the Roanoke City Library, Roanoke, Virginia.
Influenced by the energy of Early American cobalt decoration, owners Priscilla Palmer and Jim Leavitt founded Emerson Creek Pottery in 1977. Priscilla developed the unique technique of applying natural pigments to an absorbent glaze with a Japanese Sumi-e brush. The spontaneity of the brush stroke, combined with the accuracy of design yields our distinctively recognizable style. Priscilla's deep love of the natural world provides a multitude of organic designs for all of Emerson Creek's pottery.
Our ceramic pottery has been featured at Monticello, Mt. Vernon and the Smithsonian Institute, as well as in fine homes across America. We have had the pleasure of designing customized pottery patterns for numerous clubs and organizations.
Our pottery is formed of clay made onsite. Each piece is hand made, hand painted and fired in a gas kiln. Each pattern is a series of carefully planned strokes. No templates or stencils are used. The patterns are practiced and committed to memory. The artists paint the pattern again and again. Each piece is alike and yet different, like flowers in a field. We are currently featuring 14 different lines of ceramic pottery, including our beloved signature line - Field of Iris, a classic since 1977. All of our work is microwave and dishwasher safe, lead free and ovenproof."
I was given the opportunity to review one of the small loaf pans. I chose the blueberry design (there are 14 different designs you can pick from!), and I was impressed with the quality when it came in. The pan is a great size to make a small gift for someone. I know my little sisters will also love using it to make something for their tea parties! I made a loaf of...you guessed it...blueberry bread! It turned out really nice!
Emerson Creek Pottery also sells Dinnerware, Pie Plates, Serving Bowls, Tea Sets, and even Bathroom Sets! All of these are available in beautiful designs! And, they are
offering a mug (winner's choice of style and design!) to one of my readers!
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Disclaimer:I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review. I did receive product for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine. All quotes taken from Emerson Creek Pottery website.