Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Beckett Pottery Fonta Flora

After 11 months of making the weekly 4 hour round trip from Winston-Salem to Lake James to oversee and personally construct, I am moved in and organized enough to be working in my studio!  There was about a 6 week lag in production while I moved and set things up.  I've been playing catch up for about another 6 weeks and can finally take a small breath to post some pictures here.  I have a full album of progress on my personal FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/robin.beckett.9/media_set?set=a.1578851625466738.1073741952.100000257460774&type=3 if you would like to see the whole process.  Here are some of the final product:

I'm in a MUCH smaller space than my WS full basement, probably a third of the space if you consider I could sprawl out in my 1700sq ft space if needed.  I have 450 sq ft now and a 200 sq ft loft that is storage for packing material, tools, camping gear and my photo booth.  I seem to spend a lot of time going up and down a ladder accessing things I need.  I have had the luxury of an assistant for the past 12 yrs or so and wondering if there is even room to have a second person working on something different from what I'm doing.  The glazing table becomes the packing table and gets disassembled when I'm doing neither so I can walk through.  Things are very handy to access though and I'm finding I don't need duplicate items for the different spaces like I had in the big space.  I'm enjoying "cozy" in my house and studio.
My little kiln room

I decided I didn't need but 1 kiln about a year ago.... good thing considering there is room in the kiln room for the kiln and a ware cart!

I have a beautiful view of mountain woods while I throw.  Mountain laurel is in bloom now and hoping I will have some nice rhodo blooms soon.


This is my little hand building space.  I've taken up making street numbers.  Contact me if you want some.... pictures of these finished coming soon.

When I get fully organized these shelves will be dedicated to wholesale orders. Right now there are still lots of things I am looking for stashing spots.
 This is the studio entrance.  We've had a lot of rain lately and I put up the tarp for a party.... don't know how long I'll leave it up since it provides several benefits.  I guess I could look into something more attractive!!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

That time of year again

Due to building Beckett Pottery Fonta Flora, the Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis will be my only retail event the year.  33 years since I started selling here with only 2 years off for major life events. It is always a GREAT show with much more to see than my pots 😊  Even in a spot where the weather an be variable, the sun will come out at least once.   Come early to get the best of my seconds table and spend less time in traffic.  https://www.vallecountryfair.org

Thursday, February 16, 2017

BIG NEWS!

Beckett Pottery is Moving!
A couple of years ago, I fell in love with a neighborhood in Nebo called Fonta Flora.  Where is Nebo, you might ask?  It lies halfway between Marion and Morganton on I40, (you might have seen an exit for it).  Fonta Flora lies between Lake James and the Linville Gorge on the Linville River.
This was taken at a campground where the Linville comes into the lake looking back at Shortoff Mtn, the first peak of the Linville Gorge.  My house will be at the foot of the mountain.
 It is a 2 street community made up of mostly log cabins with a few unsightly mobile homes tossed in.
I saw a cabin there on a creek that feeds into the river a few lots away that I thought I wanted.  As fate would have it, the lot next door was owned by a hiking friend of mine that also lives there, (the Matriarch of Fonta Flora, so to speak).  They wanted to sell it to the right person, which happened to be me!  September of 2016 we sealed the deal.  It's a sweet half acre of native flora with a space already cleared large enough for my 600 sq ft self designed cabin and 230s ft studio.


Yesterday I purchased the hemlock board and batten siding and vintage roofing....  On my way to a house!  Check back for updates.  I hope to be in for sure before winter hits.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Same shows, new year

Well it looks like I must have had a busy year.... to busy to make new posts on my blog!  We are coming up on the fall show season with Valle Country Fair in fair Valle Crucis coming up on the 15th October  https://www.facebook.com/vallecountryfair/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item  and the Carolina Pottery Festival coming up 5th November in Shelby  https://www.facebook.com/CarolinaPotteryFestival/?fref=ts 
This year has been filled with pottery production for Our State Magazine, my regular wholesale orders and a few nice dinnerware orders.  Check out the Beckett Pottery mixing bowls, tube pan, cruet, and turquoise mixing bowl on the Our State Store page.  http://www.ourstatestore.com/Pottery_c_69-1-4.html 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

More Fall Shows!

I have two more shows to go and plans in the works for a home show that will share a day with Whimsical Women who have a craft show just down the street.  Please check my events page for all the details.
The one coming up next is the Carolina Pottery Festival in Shelby http://www.carolinapotteryfestival.org  This show is all pottery and is in a very nice venue.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Valle Country Fair October 17

This Saturday, Valle Country Fair- The place to be!  This will be my 31st year as a vendor at this awesome fair.  Lots of great artists, music and food.  The weather should be beautiful and there are still leaves left to see.
Make sure and drop by my booth and check out the discontinued and seconds table for great deals on both earthy and Fiesta pieces.
Valle Country Fair Facebook Page

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Keepsake Urns for Jack Bouchard

My friend ordered a couple of keepsake urns for her children to have some of their father's ashes with them.  It was my honor to create these for a sweet man and great guitar musician.  Both his children are good guitar players, especially his son who has taken playing on with the same enthusiasm as his dad.  On these, I added some bees wax around the lid gallery so they could be"sealed" to some degree.
This one is for his son.

His initials are on the back as an expression of love for his dad.

This one is for his daughter

She has children and I added their initials here.  There is a heart with her initials and "Dad" on another side.