Sunday, December 4, 2011

Out Of Stock

Merry Christmas to you all!  Thank you for looking at my site and I hope we have what you are looking for.  You may notice a lot of  “sold out” notices among the stock.  We have had a very busy Fall and the early Christmas shoppers have taken their toll on the inventory.  I am working frantically to get the sold out items replaced.  Please let me know if you see something that is “sold out”.  I will do my best to have it to you before the 25th!!!

This is a  picture of one of our Corporate gift orders that is ready for to be mailed out.  I hope that they all enjoy their gift for years to come.
Thanks again for looking.  Let me know if there is any product you are interested in and I will do my best to have it to put under the tree.  I want to thank everyone and apologize for not building up the stock enough to cover the orders.  I will be posting new items and restocking the existing items as quickly as I can.  I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thanks for a Great Year

I want to thank everyone for a great year with the pottery and wood working.  Without your support we could not have gotten the shop and Esty site off the ground.  We sold pottery all over the country including shipping some to the United Kingdom.

I have  turned several different things since I last updated this site.  I have added Yarn Bowls to my collection.  These have been a real hit with all the people in Ravelry.  This is a knitting and social group for those interested in fabric arts, and they are spread all over the country.  I want to extend a big thanks to them for accepting my work and purchasing all the bowls they have.

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and wish each of you a very Happy New Year. 

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Beer Steins

With the fall season coming, and October Festivals being celebrated all over, I decided to create a few beer steins.  However, I did learn something.  You can not call it a stein unless it has a top on it.  I did not know this, and never gave it much thought.  I am going to call my mugs a stein, even though they do not fit the full definition.  I will have several sizes, in varying heights and thicknesses.  I figure that there are all types of beer drinkers and will try to make a stein (mug) for everyone.

They are made out of a brown clay, that makes a great earthy-looking finish when done in Yellows and Greens.  I plan to finish them in Fall colors, and highlight the imprint on the steins (BEER). 

 Please give me your thoughts on color and possible decorations on the out side of the steins.  I have placed a thumb rest on the top of each handle to help in controlling this large stein.  Each stein measures 5 1/2 inches to 7 inches tall, and the openings are 3 inches to 4 inches round.

Thanks for looking and let me hear from you on your suggestions.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Press Release

Hand Thrown Pottery Comes to Lavonia

Pottery comes to Lavonia!  Local artist Jerry Beatty is starting a new career from an old passion.   Art has always been a part of his life and he always wanted to be an artist, but making a living got in the way of his passion.

Back in the late 70’s Jerry started painting in oils but decided that getting a job was necessary, as the term “starving artist” was too close to the truth and that was no way to make a living and support a family.  However after slowing down, Jerry decided to take up the arts again and bring art to downtown Lavoina.   He went over to the Art Institute in Anderson and studied pottery under the instruction of a local artist.  Soon after enrolling in the class, he created Jaybeescrafts, the name under which he operates and sells his pottery.   “After just the fist class, I realized that pottery is my new passion,” Jerry said.  “The process of creating something beautiful with my hands is very rewarding and I really enjoy it.”  Jerry’s pottery is made from several different types of clay and glazes.  “Experimenting with different glazes and colors is where the real artistry comes out. Each piece is as unique as they are beautiful.”

The pottery is all hand thrown and created in the same manner that pottery has been for thousands of years.  Pottery is an art that besides having been made safer by removing the lead from the glazes has not changed dramatically over the years.  All the pieces made by Jaybeescrafts are food and dishwasher safe.

Along with pottery, Jaybeescrafts offers wood turned art.  Jerry has been working with woodturning for over 25 years and continues to create bowls, pens and wine stoppers.  Most of the wood art is made from wind fallen trees and salvaged limbs that normally would end up in landfills or chopped up for mulch or firewood. “It’s so much nicer to see them turned into works of art,” he comments.  The woods Jerry loves working with most are Cherry, Pecan and Walnut.

The doors are always open at Jerry’s office and he invites you to stop by and see the pottery and woodturning anytime. His office is located at 725 Grogan Street, just off the square in the heart of downtown Lavonia.  If the wheel is going, you can see a technique that has been passed down over the ages and maybe you can try your hand at throwing clay.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Casserole Dishes

The new casserole dishes are coming out of the kiln.  I have done in two different glazes over two different clays.  The first one is thrown out of a brown clay with small dark spots which showed up after firing.  It measures about 9 inches across and is about 3 inches deep.

The second one is thrown in a white clay and has a floating blue glaze that I have been working on for several months.  I found this receipt in Ceramic Art Daily and made my own changes to get the greens to come out a little more and still have it floating within the blue.  I will be posting several different shape and different approaches to this type dish over the next several weeks.

I will be in Blairsville Georgia this coming weekend for a festival and hope the weather tones down a little on the heat.  I hope to see everyone there!  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Art Show

We are planning to be in Blairsville GA on July 30, 2010 for a Green Bean Festival.    You can check out the website at:  www.GreenBeanFestival.com 

I will have about 150 pieces of pottery and 50 pieces of wood art.  Please check out the web site and check out my web site at http://jaybeescrafts.com   I hope that we will have a great day just like the Crane Creek Festival last month.  I will post photos of the new pottery coming out of the kiln.  I have fired some of the casserole dishes.  I will get this posted within a few weeks.  This is a new pot to replace the honey pot sold at the last festival.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New 2 QT. Casserole Pottery

Started a new casserole dish.  I have not seen this style with a uneven ridge in a scalloped fashion.  I hope this will fire without any problem.  If it turns out, I will make some companion dishes.  I am using a new clay that is a brown, with darker spots (dark oxide) after firing.  I plan to use a dark brown glaze with several colors mixed in to give it a very different finish.

  I will upload the finish piece next week if I have a chance to fire.  Thanks for looking and if you like what you see, please check out my web site at www.jaybeescrafts.com.  I do not have all the pottery on the website.  I am trying to upload more, but with over 150 pieces in the shop.  Let me know if you need something, as I may have it in the shop.