Please enjoy your visit to our virtual studio, and contact us with any questions or special order requests. And if you are in Port Townsend, stop by to see us! We also show and sell our wares at Port Townsend Farmers Markets on Saturday, April through December, and Ballard Farmers Market in Seattle on Sundays, year round.
Everyday Art, In Touch With Your Everyday Life:
Cradle a bowl in your hands, wrap your fingers around a mug, lift the lid on a butter bell. Connect with the tactile earthiness of the rich, red clay, unglazed and natural yet fired to solid impermeability. And go ahead, ring the bell … then close your eyes and listen to its clear, pure tone.
Enjoy the aromas and flavors of your signature casserole, steamed sugar peas fresh from your garden, strawberry-rhubarb pie from a recipe handed down through generations of your family … LaughinGnome Pottery cookware heats quickly and evenly for picture-perfect results. Serving bowls and plates, tumblers, tankards, and cheese dishes help set the table in stylish simplicity … LaughinGnome Pottery tableware lets you keep it casual or dress it up as suits your mood and occasion.
Everything we make is frostproof for outdoor use and safe for microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher. Outdoor pieces are fully weatherproof, happy in summer sun or winter snow.
Reaching Through Time:
We bring in the rich red clay we use for all our pottery from the Ohio River Valley, where it is mined from extensive clay fields left in the wake of retreating glaciers about 12,000 years ago. Ancient cultures used this clay to make cooking pots, storage jars, water jugs, and figurines. Iron oxide gives this clay, which has a fine texture suitable for both thrown and sculpted pieces, its uniformly red color. Silicas and other minerals give this clay its superb plasticity when we work with it and its robust permanence after we fire it.
This Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep Besides Nucleation:
We call our pottery “naked” because you see and feel only the natural clay. Yet beneath this natural beauty lies unrivaled durability. Our firing process seals, hardens, and strengthens the clay, permanently changing its chemical and molecular structure. The clay needs no glaze when fired to its full maturity. We hand-burnish each piece for a smooth, unblemished finish.
Our processes bring out the best in the clay to showcase both artistry and function … and to highlight the best in the foods and beverages you prepare and serve in the LaughinGnome Pottery pieces you bring into your everyday life.