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Behind the Scenes with Museware Pottery

4 Aug

One of our favorite lines of pottery is Museware.  It’s a brand we’ve carried for many years and for good reason.  Today, we wanted to take you behind-the-scenes with this wonderful company.

In 1998sheree2, Sheree Burlington walked into a local paint-your-own-pottery studio and became completely obsessed. After three years of owning and operating a trio of studios, she began searching for a more creative direction.  In 2005 Sheree rented studio space in a historic mill in Manchester, New Hampshire. Fifteen hundred square feet of exposed brick walls, ancient & scarred natural wood floors, cool, rusted pulleys mounted to the ceiling.  And No Heat. She showed up with a bunch of paint and some brushes.  Years later, and in a new location, they work daily to create the hand painted, personalized pottery gifts we love, known as Museware Pottery.  Sheree is the designer and owner and refers to herself as “a licensed artist, seeker, writer, storyteller, sporadic blogger, pattern maker, humorist, singer and shameless self promoter.”

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Their unique company offers a wonderfully handmade line of ceramic family plates, platters, photo frames & more.  They are perfect for the many celebrations in life such as a long-awaited reunion, a happy housewarming, milestone birthday, retirement or other special family occasions. Each piece of their pottery is individually hand-painted. No two are exactly alike.

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This production table shot shows a typical wedding season day.

The Wedding Invitation Platter is their most popular personalized wedding gift. Conceived over a cup of hot tea & a Snickers bar, the exact language of an invitation or any text provided  is handwritten, in cursive, in the background on the plate.

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The Sketchbook collection is their newest addition to the line. It’s hand drawn, simple & modern. Plates, platters, vases and photo frames with a smile. Hand-painted and fired in a kiln and a perfect treasured item.  They are a gift that’s fresh, fun and personal. With a focus on the ever popular monogram, each pottery gift features a unique, rendered hand-sketched illustrations.

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Lots of testing goes into new product development. Each time they pulled a test piece from the kiln, they’d say “That’s my favorite!” “We love this 13″ plate with the house design for a housewarming gift – it’s our favorite – next to the monogram, owl, wreath, and flowers!”

aug-museware-002Museware Pottery gifts are entirely handmade. Real human beings handle every step of its creation, from the Italian guys hand pressing, trimming & cleaning the clay to the New Hampshire gal who carefully wraps, packs & ships a finished platter.

aug-museware-003aTheir designs are produced on bisque – unfinished white earthenware clay that is hand pressed & kiln fired to 1900 degrees. The bisque arrives by shipping container, eventually finding its way to their noisy, dusty mill. It arrives by skid and the guy who delivers it knocks on the door in such a distinctive way that they all know who it is. Once unpacked, each piece is carefully inspected for flaws. It’s rare that a piece comes out of the box and onto the shelf without some work. Bumps and other small imperfections are smoothed away with a stilt stone. Irregular bottoms are leveled by rubbing the pottery foot across the abrasive surface of a kiln shelf. It’s a noisy, grindy process and the air around the table gets cloudy with bisque dust.

All of this humanity means that everything about Museware Pottery is imperfect. The shape is imperfect – some slightly misshapen, others embossed with the maker’s finger prints. The painting is imperfect – humidity and temperature plays a role on thickness & viscosity. Since their studio is in an antique mill, if it’s windy outside, it’s windy inside. Even moving air can change the outcome.  The end result is that each piece is truly one of a kind. No two pieces are ever exactly alike, and that’s how they like it.  That’s art – perfectly imperfect.  Perfectly unique.  Try and enjoy Museware Pottery – we think you’ll love it too.

 

 

Top 10 Staff Faves: Wedding Gifts

30 Jun

 I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have a lot of weddings to attend this year.  And of course with the invites comes gift giving.  I often choose something “off the registry” so I can give something personalized and memorable.  We came up with our Top 10 favorite wedding gifts from The Stationery Studio and wanted to share them with you.  These make great engagement party, bridal shower and wedding gifts.

 
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Maple 12 inch Square Mr & Mrs Personalized Cutting Board
Monogrammed Diamond Cut Champagne Flute Glass Set
Hand Engraved Monogram Folded Note Cards
Monogrammed Colossal Wine Glass Set
Poppy Red Greek Key Large Lucite Tray by Jonathan Adler
Elegant Note Cards with Engraved Hot Air Balloon
Art Pottery Name Wedding Platter
Madison White with Black Ice Bucket
Maple Initial Cutting Board in a Victorian Rim Pewter Charger
Design Your Own Custom Memory Book

Off the Registry Wedding Gift Ideas

14 Mar

Wedding season is approaching and along with that comes invitations to engagement parties, bridal showers and the wedding, of course.  I’ve put together some of my favorite finds that are “off the registry” and would make lovely gift ideas for any couple.

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A personalized Mr. & Mrs. cutting board makes a lovely engagement or bridal shower present.

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A personalized pillow to symbolize their new union and decorate their home.

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A favorite of the “Today Show”, our personalized monogrammed stemless wine glasses will be used for years to come.

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A framed wall art print with the couples name makes a unique and thoughtful gift.

For even more memorable gift ideas, visit out wedding gifts section to find the perfect gift for every couple on your list!

xoxo

Jennifer