Grandpa’s Pottery located just outside Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio offers a wide selection of hand thrown stoneware for sale in Ray Storer’s studio. Visitors will enjoy watching Ray a.k.a. “Grandpa” as he molds a lump of clay into a beautiful, functional piece in minutes. But that’s not the best part. If you make arrangements in advance or visit on one of the bus tours that stop, you’ll get a chance to work with Ray to make your own piece of stoneware, one that you’ll be proud of.
In his hey day, Ray told me he could create 100 pieces of stoneware in one day. He markets his wares in his on-site studio as well as festivals in Ohio and outside the state. He often tours with his pottery wheel, which amazes and delights young and old who stop to appreciate his pieces.
Watching Ray work is unbelievable. He makes throwing pottery look so effortless that you’ll be convinced you can create just as easily.
After taking my place with Ray at the wheel, I quickly learned that though it looks easy, it takes a bit of practice to create a piece to be proud of, which is why Ray guides you in creating your piece.
He told me where to place my hands and when to add pressure and within minutes the lump of clay began to form into something recognizable.
Ray finished my piece and added a bit of texture with a touch of cobalt along the top rim and we set it aside, waiting for his wife Betty to add her special glaze before firing in the kiln.
I can’t wait to see what the finished piece looks like. I know it will be gorgeous, and something I can proudly display in my home.
In addition to welcoming visitors to his studio, Grandpa Ray is also available to speak to groups, and adds a biblical application based on the bible story of the “Clay and the Potter”. He even does a presentation with a brown paper grocery bag over his head while he creates a piece of pottery, demonstrating his skills as both a storyteller and artist.
Ray and Betty’s son, Brooke, and daughter-in-law, Amy, also work in the family business. The stoneware is artistic and functional. It’s food safe, oven (to 400 degrees), microwave and dishwasher safe.
Where to find Grandpa’s Pottery
Address: 3558 Ohio 73, Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: (937) 382-6442
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This post is linked to Friday Postcards at Walking On Travels.
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