Christmas in July


Is it July already??!!?? The studio has officially moved into the garage! Pottery is starting to take shape in this new environment which is riddled with little fingers wanting to help dad with his “pottery”! Help that sure has good intentions but is sure to end in terror if you were a freshly thrown pot!

Working at home sure has its benefits though, quick breaks from throwing slows for spur of the moment water gun fights and yummy blackberry picking!

This year we are working on some new additions to our line of pottery. These nesting bowls will make their debut in Staunton Illinois in September.


These are an adaptation to the design of our baking dishes, otherwise known as our cobbler bakers. This new design will feature handles (some with, some without) and a new rim style, similar to the ‘split rim’ design pictured above on the mixing bowls.


We will continue to offer the favorites, like the little birds nesting on top of the spoon rests.



We will also continue our line of pie plates. This year look for the option of two different sizes. The Large will allow for a Small to nest inside for greater storage options. We will continue our new bread bakers (late fall 2015) they were a hit and people have sent pictures bragging about their wonderful loaves of bread.

You will also be able to find our interesting salt shakers. The salt shakers are a bit larger this year, hoping to reduce the amount of refills needed as well as still offering something that can be easily grabbed with the hand.

All of these items will debut this Fall at local area Art and Craft fairs around the St. Louis area. You will, of course, still be able to contact us directly from our Facebook page.

Look for all these new items at the DowntoEarthenware booth which is also getting a facelift. Look for unique crates to display all of our awesome functional pottery!

Christmas will come soon enough, don’t forget to complete your Christmas list early by contacting us for a one-of-a-kind dish for your loved ones!

Some Glaze Theory….

When discussing how glazes work, there are three main elements of a glaze:

  • The Glass Former

The Glass Former is the element that actually makes the glass (glaze) on the pot melt. The main Glass Former is known as Silica. Silica has a very high melting point of 3100 Degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Flux

Fluxes are chemicals used in glazes to help lower the temperature of the ‘melting point’. Most kilns don’t require a temperature of 3100 Degrees Fahrenheit to melt the glaze. For instance, most everything I fire is in the ^6 range (cone 6 = 2170 degrees Fahrenheit). In order for that to happen, I must use some flux in my glaze recipes to lower the reaction temp that the glass former requires. There is a down side to using flux in a glaze; the more flux amount used, the runnier the glaze becomes.

  • Refratories

Refractories keep glaze from running off the pot. If you have a glaze that is too runny, you need to add more EPK (Kaolin) or Aluminum, which are both refractories.

I found a great short video that explains how all three of these properties work together. Each of the three, The Glass Former, the Flux, and Refractories cause changes to happen the other.

These three components make up what is called the “Base” or “Base Glaze”. After the Base has been configured, then the potter can begin working with color elements to see how each color element can create a different look. The “Color Theory” element of glazing is something we will hold off with right now because that could take several posts. Once you start adding/subtracting color chemicals you may have to change other components too to compensate for that adding/subtracting.

I sure hope this helps you understand a bit about glaze theory!

New Process Video’s Posted on DowntoEarthenware

Every so often, we like to share some quick video’s (some with and some without audio) Since we love watching people throw on the wheel, we thought maybe you all would like to see some examples of us making the ware that you purchase.

Chicken Baker

Our newest item (yet to be unveiled) is the Chicken Baker. (We are formulating a post on how to use this to be viewed another day) Here is how it is made:

Baking Dish / Pie Plates

Our baking dishes are probably the most popular item we sell! These dishes are not only look great, but bake extremely well! We previously posted an AWESOME breakfast Crustless Egg Casserole dish on our site. Here is how they are made:


There are other process video’s on our Video’s Page. Feel free to give them a gander.
If you have any other process video’s you would like to see posted, please let us know so we can make them!

The Apple Baker – Traditional with Oats

Hel-lo September!

September brings fall and fall brings apples. If you have the opportunity to pick apples at a local orchard, I suggest you take it! Apples are easy to pick and always taste the best right off of the tree. We took the family out to a local orchard recently and picked our favorite apples: Honey crisp. We have been experimenting with our apple bakers and the honey crisp apples.

What’s so great about an apple baker?

  • Easy for single-serving dessert
  • Easy clean up – your apple treat won’t stick to the baker!
  • Lends itself to versatility – experiment with toppings quickly and easily
  • Small bakers take up less space for easy storage
  • Dessert presentation is appealing
  • It’s not just for apples! You can even use it to bake sweet potatoes or white potatoes.

For this recipe I just made a traditional apple crisp topping. This is very simple and requires little, if any, culinary experience.





1 large apple,oats, coconut, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon





Begin by coring your apple, cutting out a cylinder from the middle of your apple. Once the core is removed, cut off the skin around the top of the apple. It works well to then cut around the hole, angling your knife toward the center of the apple. This makes a great platform to hold all of the delicious goodness you plan on cramming into your apple.




Melt your butter, combine with remaining ingredients. {Take the most flattering picture possible of your hand mixing the ingredients. You’ll say, “Wow, my hand never looked so good!” I’m sure your hand looks lovely, perhaps graceful, mixing crisp topping, but my hand looks like a giant, meaty, mangling, monster hand! } Using your hand, put mixture into center of apple. Be sure to pack it in there tightly. It won’t take long and the center will be filled and that’s when you get to pile it and pack it firmly on top of the apple.



Pour 1 teaspoon of water into the bottom of the apple baker and place in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. It’s easiest to eat it right out of the dish. It’s tastiest to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream before eating it out of the dish!

And now you’re dying to try your own baked apple! Get your own apple baker here! Keep your eyes open – we’ll post more baked apple recipes in the coming days and weeks!

Baked Apple with Crisp Topping:

1 large baking apple, cored

2 Tablespoons rolled oats

1 Tablespoon coconut flakes

1Tablespoon brown sugar

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Core apple all the way through and place on spoke of apple baker. In separate small bowl melt butter. Combine melted butter with oats, coconut, brown sugar and cinnamon. Place the mixture into the apple, packing tightly. Let mixture mound on top of apple. Put 1 teaspoon water in bottom of apple baker and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Serve as is or with a scoop of ice cream!

WEBSITE: Up and Running…well kinda…

Here we are! Finally taking the steps toward the digital, internet world of websites! Right now we are still in the ‘building’ stages. Please come back and see the progress as we get this machine oiled and in well working condition. 

Content to look for in the near future:

  • Weekly posts to include ceramic process discussions
  • Glaze recipes and application suggestions
  • New work coming out of the studio
  • Updates on new product design
  • Requests for feedback on ‘what the consumer wants’
  • Etsy shop located right here on the “SHOP” page

Stay tuned to see the new home of Downtoearthenware pottery!