Stoneware Pottery by Val

Taking form, function, and color to another level

Updated show list

Posted By on August 10, 2016

​Hey everyone, just posting an update to the website show schedule as we have chosen to bow out of a couple of shows this year. The pottery show circuit can be tough, and some unexpected sickness has taken a lot out of my mom, Val this year. It’s not fun, as we rarely cancel shows. It’s sonething we don’t like to do as we know many people enjoy her work and return to shows year after year, sharing stories and becoming familiar faces. 

Val is getting better and we really want to get the pieces to people that want them. If you do want a specific piece in a certain color at a show, the best way would be to get into contact us via phone or email. Pieces can be preordered, or if given enough advance (4 weeks) can be made for the show. 

Val is debuting a new item at the state fair. You may hear them talking about it using a term that I hope spelling it here awkwardly on the site won’t catch wind of Wendy’s® trademark lawyers. The Bacon-ate-or (not to be confused with the copyrighted sandwich) is a microwave safe wheel thrown mug with grease catcher that heats up to 7 strips of bacon as it spins around in your microwave oven. The handle and spout make it so you can easily pour away the extra grease. It’s weirdly cool and works way better than I thought it would. We have a very limited run for the fair, and will hopefully hang onto an example to show people. 

I just want to thank everyone for supporting us through the years, and for being patient as Val gets her health back up. We look forward to seeing you all at the Fair (and many future shows)! 

Updated 2016 Show List: 

August 11-21 Iowa State Fair

Walnut Center Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA

September 1-5 Old Thresher’s
Threshers Museum, Build. A, Mt. Pleasant, IA

September 10-11 Beau Arts
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

Sept 30-Oct 1 Log Home Fest
Morris, IL

CANCELED (apologies)
Oct 8-9 Galena Country Fair
Grant Park, Galena, IL

October 15-16 Callahan Uni-Dome
UNI, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

October 29 Callahan Grand River
Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA

November 5-6 Callahan Marriot
Marriot Conference Center, Coralville, IA

November 18-20 Callahan Des Moines Varied Industries Building, Des Moines, IA

December 3-4 Holiday Thieves Market
IMU, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Show Schedule for 2016

Posted By on March 21, 2016

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Here is the updated show list for 2016! Hope to see you all there!

2016 Shows

February 26-28 Callahan Des Moines
Varied Industries Building, Des Moines, IA

April 2 Callahan Grand River
Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA

April 9-10 Spring Art Expose’
IMU, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

April 17 Callahan Marriot
Marriot Conference Center, Coralville, IA

May 7-8 Beau Arts
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

**June 4 Dragon Art Fair
Market Street, Deforest, WI

June 25-26 Midwest Art Fest
Varied Industries Building, Des Moines, IA

July 30-31 Glenview Art Show
Lyon’s School Grounds, Glenview, IL

August 11-21 Iowa State Fair
Walnut Center Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA

September 1-5 Old Thresher’s
Threshers Museum, Build. A, Mt. Pleasant, IA

September 10-11 Beau Arts
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

Sept 30-Oct 1 Log Home Fest
Morris, IL

Oct 8-9 Galena Country Fair
Grant Park, Galena, IL

October 15-16 Callahan Uni-Dome
UNI, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

October 29 Callahan Grand River
Grand River Center, Dubuque, IA

November 5-6 Callahan Marriot
Marriot Conference Center, Coralville, IA

November 18-20 Callahan Des Moines Varied Industries Building, Des Moines, IA

December 3-4 Holiday Thieves Market
IMU, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

** OUR ONLY WISCONSIN SHOW THIS YEAR!

ALL DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES

Show Schedule 2015

Posted By on January 15, 2015

We updated the events page with a list of our shows for 2015. We will have the postcards in the mail soon,
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There will be no home show this year since I am still down in my southern studio with Eric making more dragonfly vases! We are excited about the new batch and can’t wait to bring them to shows.

February 27-28-March 1  Callahan Des Moines

March 28 Callahan Grand River DBQ

April 25  Callahan Corralville

May 9-10  Beau Arts  Davenport

May 16-17 DBQ Fest

June 6 Dragon

June 13-14  Cambridge

June 27-28 Midwest Art Fest Des Moines

July 25-26 Glennville

August 13 to 23 Iowa State Fair

September 3 to 7  Threshers

September 12-13 Beau Arts

September 25-26  Morris, IL

October 10-11  Galena

October 31  Grandriver

November 7-8  Callahan Corralville

November 20-21-22  Callahan Des Moines

December 5-6  Holiday Thieves Market

R.B.’s Old Fashioned Mac and Cheese

Posted By on July 13, 2014

R.B.’s Old Fashioned Mac and Cheese
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4 to 6
 

The bowl really makes a great presentation with a nice top crust of cheese. If you want to make this a meal, you can add 1 pound of cooked Hamburger broken into about 1″ chunks. Diced ham, chicken, or turkey can also be used. If you want to zest this up, you can add a teaspoon of chilie powder. For a crispier crust, you could sprinkle some fine bread crumbs on top.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shell macaroni
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 cheese slices.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook Shells per package directions.
  • Cut butter into several pieces and place in bread bowl.
  • In a mixing bowl combine milk and eggs till blended then add cheese.
  • Drain shells and pour hot shells in bread bowl,stirring the shells and butter until melted.
  • Slowly stir egg,milk,cheese into bowl with shells.
  • Place your slices of cheese on top of mixture.
  • Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until bubbly, the cheese topping should begin to brown.
  • If you want to make this a meal, you can add 1 pound of cooked Hamburger broken into about 1″ chunks. Diced ham, chicken, or turkey can also be used.
  • If you want to zest this up, you can add a teaspoon of chilie powder.
  • For a crispier crust, you could sprinkle some fine bread crumbs on top.
  • The bowl really makes a great presentation with a nice top crust of cheese.

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook Shells per package directions.
  3. Cut butter into several pieces and place in bread bowl.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine milk and eggs till blended then add cheese.
  5. Drain shells and pour hot shells in bread bowl,stirring the shells and butter until melted.
  6. Slowly stir egg,milk,cheese into bowl with shells.
  7. Place your slices of cheese on top of mixture.
  8. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until bubbly, the cheese topping should begin to brown.

 

Quick Oatmeal

Posted By on July 13, 2014

Quick oatmeal
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 1
 

A quick oatmeal – in a bread bowl to prevent any mess! Feel free to add a couple dashes of cinnamon or a bit of brown sugar to the initial mix
Ingredients
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
  1. Mix slightly in bread bowl.
  2. Microwave on High for 2 minutes, 45 seconds
  3. Stir in honey, maple syrup, sugar or and add fruit (apples, berries) if desired

 

Peach Cobbler

Posted By on July 13, 2014

Peach Cobbler
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Serves: 6-8
 

Use Taco Pie Plate-Pre heat oven to 350 degrees Peel, core, and cut into slices 8 medium peaches
Ingredients
  • Filling
  • 8 medium peaches (peeled, cored and cut into slices)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • Sweet cobbler topping
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup milk (to make loose dough)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Roll bottom pie pastry in taco pie plate.

Instructions
  1. Place peaches and filling ingredients in sauce pan and bring to slow boil. Simmer several minutes until liquid thickens.
  2. Mix cobbler topping in mixing bowl, and cover bottom of prepared crust.
  3. Pour hot filling onto prepared topping. The topping will rise through filling.
  4. Place pie plate in oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until cobbler topping begins browning.
  5. Serve warm with ice cream.

 

Iowa State Fair 2013!

Posted By on August 7, 2013

We are set up at the Iowa State Fair in the Walnut Center which starts this Thursday! It is open 9am to 9pm each day and I will be doing throwing demonstrations in the mornings until 3 pm and then trimming those pieces in the evening. We have a lot of dragonfly vases which we have gotten glazed since Eric left back for Florida. We took some pictures of the set up and updated the dragonfly gallery. A lot of the new pictures we took are of pieces that are going to be there. See you at the fair!

New Store Open!

Posted By on June 22, 2013

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We just opened our new online store today! All we have up right now are some basic pieces and colors. We’ll have more up in the future, but we’re still taking orders directly from us via email and phone. So if you we don’t have the colors or pieces you want up there, don’t worry! Feel free to contact us directly.

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New Teapots

Posted By on June 19, 2013

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Teapots are coming down the line! They should be ready by the end of June for the Midwest Art Fest. More photos soon!

Cheddar Cheese Bread

Posted By on June 11, 2013

A favorite around the house. Great with a bit of butter!

Cheddar Cheese Bread
Recipe type: Bread
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Serves: 6-8
 

A tasty cheese bread – a bigger version of everyone’s favorite cheese biscuits.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 t. baking powder
  • 1 T. sugar
  • ½ t. onion salt
  • ½ t. oregano
  • ¼ t. ground mustard
  • dash of garlic powder
  • 1¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 T. melted butter.

Instructions
  1. Combine flour, baking powder,sugar, onion salt, oregano, ground mustard, dash of garlic powder, and set aside.
  2. Combine egg, milk, and butter. Add all at once to dry ingredients, stirring just enough till moistened.
  3. Spread batter in greased bread bowl.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick pulls clean.