Cady Clay Works

Pots of Quality - Since 1987
 

EVENTS


STORE HOURS 2018
5/6/18 to 12/15/18

In 2018, store hours will be:

Wednesday through Saturday, 10am  -  4pm   Through December 15

EXCEPTIONS:

OPEN SUNDAY NOV 18

CLOSED WEDNESDAY NOV 21

We are always open by chance or appointment.  Email cadyclayworks@yahoo.com or call 910-464-5661.  If we can hear the telephone we are happy to open up!  Really!



HISTORY OF SALT-GLAZED POTTERY
11/9/18 to 12/15/18

 

SALT-GLAZE POTTERY…

    … was discovered in 13th century Germany,  probably by accident when salt-soaked driftwood or barrel staves were used for fuel in a kiln.  The unglazed, functional ware (crocks, jugs, etc) came out of the kiln with a shiny glass coating that was a result of the sodium in the salt bonding with the silica in the stoneware clay.  It became a very economical way to glaze pottery, as the ware could be stacked in the kiln, touching, and the glaze process took place during the firing, not by hand one piece at a time.

     We met in 1985 while working at Rowe Pottery Works in Cambridge, WI.  Jim Rowe had been a studio potter using a salt-glaze kiln when the “country” decorating look sparked a new interest in antique pots.  He figured out how to make early-American reproduction ware and at one time had 100 employees, including 12 full-time potters.

     Our first kiln in Seagrove was a gas-fired salt kiln.  We made historically-inspired items from stoneware clay decorated with cobalt-blue designs,  as well as more contemporary ware made from white porcelain clay. 



ARCHIVES - THE SALT GLAZE COLLECTION - CROCKS
11/10/18 to 12/15/18


RPW 1 PINT CROCK w/COW DECORATION  1983  by KEN NEKOLA Ken was the first potter hired by Jim Rowe. The production potters, who were paid by the piece, loved these small crocks as they were fast to throw and had no fussy embellishments.  ROWE POTTERY WORKS, CAMBRIDGE, WI

RPW 1 PINT CROCK w/ FLORAL 1983 by STEVIE WERNER,  decorated by BETH GORE The first firing of the new, gas-fired salt kiln in 1983 did not turn out at all.  Jim Rowe was so disgusted that he didn’t unload a thing, just re-bricked the kiln door and fired the entire load again the next day.After the second firing, the liner glaze came out a beautiful brick red but not the desired brown, and  the clay color was more beige than gray.  It was July, so we called these the “red, white and blue pots”.  ROWE POTTERY WORKS, CAMBRIDGE, WI

RPW  1 PINT CROCK w/ PIG DECORATION  1983 by RIC LAMORE  The production potters, who were paid by the piece, loved these small crocks as they were fast to throw and had no fussy embellishments. ROWE POTTERY WORKS, CAMBRIDGE,WI

SF  SMALL MIXING BOWL W/COW    1993  This bowl, decorated with a happy cow, was purchased on a fall visit to New England.  Potters tend to visit other potters when on vacation – it’s an occupational hazard!  SALMON FALLS STONEWARE,  DOVER, NH

RUS  1 QUART CROCK w/SHEEP DECORATION 1985  by CAREY HULIN  The production potters, who were paid by the piece, loved these small crocks as they were fast to throw and had no fussy embellishments.  ROCKDALE UNION STONEWARE, CAMBRIDGE, WI

RPW  1/2 GAL. CROCK w/ PIG DECORATION  1983  by JIM ROWE  This is a rare production piece by Jim Rowe, who had little time to throw after establishing RPW as a wholesale pottery business.  ROWE POTTERY WORKS, CAMBRIDGE, WI

RPW  1 GALLON CROCK w/FLORAL    1983  by JOEL HUNTLEY The first firing of the new, gas-fired salt kiln in 1983 did not turn out at all.  Jim Rowe was so disgusted that he didn’t unload a thing, just re-bricked the kiln door and fired the entire load again the next day.  After the second firing, the liner glaze came out a beautiful brick red but not the desired brown, and  the clay color was more beige than gray.  It was July, so we called these the “red, white and blue pots”.  Joel Huntley went on to found Wisconsin Pottery.  ROWE POTTERY WORKS, CAMBRIDGE, WI

RUS 1 GALLON CROCK w/FLORAL   1993  by RIC LAMORE  This crock was made for us by our friends at ROCKDALE UNION STONEWARE, CAMBRIDGE, WI, which was founded by disgruntled RPW workers. It has a personalized floral design on front in the manner of old advertising crocks, and a simple floral design on the back.

RPW 1 GALLON OVOID CROCK w/LUGS  1982  (PROTOTYPE) by JIM ROWE  This is a prototype thrown by Jim Rowe, with floral decoration by Ed Klein. Only a handful were made as it never went into production.  Jim was rarely free to throw pots himself because of the company’s rapid growth in the 1980s. ROWE POTTERY WORKS, CAMBRIDGE, WI

RPW 2 GALLON OVOID CROCK w/ LUGS  1983(PROTOTYPE) by JIM ROWE  This is a prototype thrown by Jim Rowe. Only a handful were made as it never went into production.  Jim was rarely free to throw pots himself because of the company’s rapid growthin the 1980s.   This crock features the “Norton Bird” design, afteran iconic decoration of the Norton Pottery, Bennington, VT, in the 1800s.  ROWE POTTERY WORKS, CAMBRIDGE, WI

RPW  2 GALLON CROCK w/LUGS   1986  by GLENN CUTCHER  This crock features the “Norton Deer” design, after an iconic decoration of the Norton Pottery, Bennington, VT, in the 1800s.  ROWE POTTERY WORKS, CAMBRIDGE, WI

RUS  2 GALLON CROCK w/COW   1987  by PETER WAKEFIELD JACKSON This crock was made by the founder of ROCKDALE UNION STONEWARE, CAMBRIDGE, WISCONSIN

RPW  BAKING DISH    1982  (PROTOTYPE) by JIM ROWE  This is a prototype thrown and decorated by Jim Rowe, who was rarely free to throw pots himself because of the company’s rapid growth in the 1980s.  When this came out of the kiln, he handed it to Beth Gore and asked her to take it home and bake in it to “product test” the new shape.  ROWE POTTERY WORKS, CAMBRIDGE, WI

RPW  BEAN POT w/PIG     1987  by JOHN MELLAGE  John had to use up his “personal pot” allowance on this piece one month because he forgot to stamp it with his personal potter’s mark so it could not be sold!  Historically, the wide handle on this design enabled housewives to pull a bean pot out of the back of the stove or fireplace, where it had been cooking for many hours, with a long metal rod. MADE AT ROWE POTTERY WORKS, WI

RPW  COVERED JAR W/ COW  1983  by STEVE WERNER  Steve Werner was the Head Potter at RPW when there were 12 fulltime potters on staff.  This piece has a bright, glassy design created by the salt fluxing the cobalt slip.  Unfortunately, RPW soon reduced the salt glaze so designs were more uniform, but also more matte, for wholesale sales.  Covered jars were used to store various foodstuffs before the Industrial Revolution.   ROWE POTTERY WORKS,  CAMBRIDGE, WI

BEVERAGE DISPENSER w/LEAF SPRAY by BOB DOWNS   1983  We met “Bobby” Downs when he worked at Rowe Pottery Works in WI, but he made this piece at his personal studio in Illinois, using the creamy clay from Monmouth, IL.  BOB DOWNS STUDIO, IL

CCW  PORCELAIN TUREEN/PUNCH BOWL  by JOHN MELLAGE  This piece was fired in the first kiln John built for Cady Clay Works, at our rented shop on Hwy 705. The fine particle size of porcelain clay makes it more difficult to throw than stoneware, and results in a more subtle salt-glaze texture.  This was embellished with “Pearl” and “Pearly Blue” slips.  CADY CLAY WORKS,  SEAGROVE, NC

CCW  LIDDED CROCK W/FLORAL DESIGN  by JOHN MELLAGE,  decorated by BETH GORE  The first kiln John built when we opened Cady Clay Works was a gas-fired salt-glaze kiln.   Historically, large lidded crocks like this were used to store and preserve various foodstuffs (sauerkraut, salt-preserved meat, etc.) before the Industrial Revolution. CADY CLAY WORKS,  SEAGROVE, NC

CCW  7 GALLON CROCK W/FLORAL DESIGN  by JOHN MELLAGE,  decorated by BETH GORE  The first kiln John built when we opened Cady Clay Works was a gas-fired salt-glaze kiln.   Historically, large crocks like this were used to store and preserve various foodstuffs (sauerkraut, salt-preserved meat, etc.) before the Industrial Revolution.  CADY CLAY WORKS,  SEAGROVE, NC

POTTERY SALE
11/14/18 to 12/15/18

 

POTTERY SALE

Most pottery in our store has been marked on sale:

$00     Take 10% off of marked price

 $00     Take 15% off of marked price

 $00   Take 20% off of marked price