Simply Home: Living Well with Pottery

We find ourselves in “re-entry” mode as our calendars fill up a bit more and we are venturing out in ways we haven’t in a while.  Summer concerts, a gathering or two and weekend celebrations are pulling us in different directions once again.  Simply returning home for rest and repose makes us smile.  Relying on our capsule pieces brings stability and beauty throughout the entire home.  For both inside and outside living areas, Rowe Pottery adds a cozy touch that fits in with any design style, bringing warmth and texture to your home décor.  

Signature Teaberry and Bumble Bee crocks.

Start by using our Rowe pottery crocks for display or storage.  Roll newspapers, display magazines or hold kindling or long matches for functional container storage.  Traditional collectors know that a curio display of your pottery collection is a stately way to showcase your favorites while leaving it at your fingertips for daily use. We also love to see pottery collections displayed on open shelving for modern farmhouse and transitional design styles.  Nothing says modern Farmhouse style like pottery combined with natural finish wood.  And, if your main living area is a porch this time of year,  open shelving is the perfect touch.

Consider flipping your platters vertically against the back of the display to feature their designs and provide an extra layer of visual appeal. Place crocks and vessels with volume toward the center to anchor the display and vary smaller pieces in height and color to fill in the gaps.  If you like a lighter, modern style, group your pottery by color to make a statement.  For traditional decorating, mix Classic salt glaze or Provincial ash glaze.  All Rowe Pottery can be displayed together since the stoneware aesthetic unifies the display.  Be sure your shelving is secure as your pottery will be weighty!

Around the hearth or firepit, Rowe Pottery is the ideal way to incorporate some stone near the fire elements of your home.  Plus, pottery can provide an easy seasonal theme.  We’re inspired by our summer patterns right now including lemon, bumblebee, wildflower and bloom.  When you put some colorful blooms into a floral crock or vessel, the whole area lightens up.  During holiday time, simply place pine greens in your crocks and vessels make home feel cozy and bright.  For a timeless design that transcends all seasons, consider a custom or personalized crock to fit your home. Our decorator will create the design of your choice, even a photo of your home.  A custom or personalized crock also makes a meaningful wedding or anniversary gift featuring the couple’s invitation design or a Rowe Pottery pattern of your choice.

Lighting in the living room is an important capsule that brightens the area.  We have several lamp options, from decorated lamps to modern Ridges choices.  Of course, we think every living room needs a candle crock or two to add a multi-sensory lighting experience.  Our 100% soy candle crocks come in a 1.5 pint crock and burn so clean that you can reuse the crock when the candle is done.  We expect a 70-hour burn time from our candles and a key tip is to let the candle burn all the way to the edge with each burn to prevent funneling.  If you are a candle lover, choose our candle subscription to be sure that you always have a fresh Rowe Pottery candle crock ready for each season.  This year, we are featuring our Wildflower design for summer, Cider candle for fall, Holiday Holly and Simply Rowe crocks for the new year which will become favorites.  You can find our candle subscription on www.rowepottery.com

Pottery adds instant earthiness, warmth and comfort to your inside living room décor. Take a look at your coffee table or larger ottoman and consider a pottery platter to collect random items into one display.  When items are placed on a platter, the eye sees them as one unit so it reduces visual clutter.  Plus, it’s a great place to put your coffee mug without needing a coaster (in case your coffee mug ever leaves your hand).  Or, serve lemonade or sweet tea to your porch guests in one of our beautiful pitchers.  Cold drinks stay even colder in our pottery.

Add vessels like vases, low bowls or our utensil jar to hold potted plants, fresh cut flowers or accents like decorative spheres and balls of yarn.  Bringing Rowe Pottery into the living areas of your home adds earthiness and handcrafted style to the areas where your family gathers most.  For more inspiration, follow us on Instagram and Facebook or explore our entire line at www.rowepottery.com.

Simply Home: Road Tripping

We hit a milestone the other day here at Rowe Pottery when our first post-pandemic June Dairy Month bus tour rolled into Cambridge.  We love getting ready for company!    What a breath of fresh air to have a buzz in our shop, tour guests though our manufacturing area and for our other merchant friends to also feel the excitement of out-of-town guests for the first time in over a year.  Visitors loved exploring our pottery collections, home décor items and picking up extras like soaps, candles and accessories to remember their visit to our village.  Their smiles reflected the excitement about being on an adventure.

Owner, Bev Semmann, giving a behind the scene tour.

Since most of our pottery travels outside Wisconsin’s borders thanks to our online world, we often talk to collectors from coast to coast on the phone who say that they’d love to visit if they are ever in the area.  Summer is the perfect time for travel, and our invitation is wide open to come and explore the Rowe Pottery Company Store, surrounding rural Cambridge and the Jefferson County area here in Wisconsin.

If you are planning a trip this summer,  there’s plenty to do when you arrive.  Explore Lake Ripley or the CamRock trails, enjoy a downtown concert (the Cambridge Arts Council has some fun things planned), grab lunch or a nice coffee and walk our downtown.  We’re planning our annual Maxwell Street blowout on August 6-7, 2021 where we have racks of our “seconds” and lots of visiting vendors to make your shopping experience a ball! 

This summer, you’ll find our garage doors open with a welcome ready for you.  For more inspiration, follow us on Facebook and Instagram or explore our collections at www.rowepottery.com to prepare for your visit and learn more about us.

Simply Home Styles: Transitional and Lakehouse

Here at Rowe Pottery, our hometown is located on Lake Ripley, a popular tourist and summer home destination for folks who come to enjoy one of the cleanest lakes in southern Wisconsin.  Dipping our toes in the shimmering waters, taking a spin on the boat or savoring morning coffee (in our favorite Rowe Pottery mug) while watching the sunrise over the waves brings these decorating styles to mind.

Lakehouse decorating brings a casual breath of fresh air to your home.  And, you don’t need to live on a lake to love this style!  Whether your look is coastal chic or cabin comfort, Rowe Pottery collections fill your capsule decorating with plenty of inspiration.  Our Northwoods collection is a fitting choice for cabin decorating.  There’s nothing fussy about our ash glaze pottery featuring pinetrees and pinecone designs–either as a complete collection or mixed with other pottery as accent pieces.  From full dinnerware sets to kitchen and bakeware accessories, serving up the latest catch becomes a breeze. 

For a fresh, coastal feel, mix kettle blue and drift white Ridges tableware and accessories.  The crisp colors and soft waves in the pottery amplify nautical style, just like skipping stones on top of the water.  Lakehouse style is close to our hearts since our owners, Bev and Marc, enjoy lake living when they are not managing daily operations here at Rowe Pottery and much of the photography (and baked goodies) you see in our posts are from their home and from Bev’s kitchen.

Sandstone dinner plate, mug and Farmhouse Ridges drift white bowl. In the background Farmhouse Ridges drift white short vase.

Our Ridges pottery in drift white can be a key component in transitional style as well.  With muted colors, organic textures, minimal artwork and bold comfortable furniture, transitional style is a simple but eclectic mix for easy living.  Since transitional style dances the line between traditional and modern, a table full of Ridges would be a simple choice, but we also think our Sandstone pottery really shines in transitional homes.  We offer Sandstone in two gorgeous finishes: sage and blue (which plays like a deep gray).  The polished glazeware finish of the sandstone collection gives a glossy texture that sparkles on a transitional table.  The neutral undertones of this collection and the organic elements of the glazeware finish are easy to integrate and practical for the rigor of daily use.  The two neutral sandstone colors can be collected separately, mixed with each other or blended with drift white Ridges for a custom feel.

In transitional decorating, consider using the vessel and platter capsules throughout your home.  Arrange flowers in our Ridges tall or short vases (or go bold with our utensil jar) or use the Sandstone chip and dip as a raised platter by placing the dip bowl underneath the chip platter.  Versatility is one thing we love about our handcrafted pottery! 

No matter which style brings you the simple comforts of home in the coming season, your Rowe Pottery capsule pieces will provide the perfect starting point or finishing touch.  For more inspiration, follow us on Facebook and Instragram and see our entire collection at www.rowepottery.com 

Simply Home: The buzz from the Queen Bee

During the summer months when the crops start emerging here in rural Wisconsin, we celebrate all things agriculture.  June is dairy month, time for the local Farmer’s Market to kick in and for long hours with plenty of daylight for our farming neighbors.  While our farm collection is the perfect rural touch to your décor and we’ve got some great plans with our pottery styles for fall harvest time, we are currently savoring our summer patterns, including our very popular Bee collection. 

Affinity for bees and bee designs has grown in the past several years.  When we learned that Cambridge native, Anna Evenson, is reigning as the 2020-2021 Wisconsin Honey Queen, we reached out for a chat to learn more from her!  Anna studies dairy science and public relations at UW Platteville, works and a local dairy and still makes time to represent the Wisconsin Honey Producers as—well–the Queen Bee. 

Honey jar and beehives on meadow in springtime.

Anna shared that one-third of our food supply requires pollination and bees handle 80 percent of that pollination work.  Bees are industrious and organized creatures with purpose in mind.  Beekeepers range from hobbyists to industrial operations.  Some people have a hive or two (Anna herself has a hive) while larger scale operations move bees around by the semi load to promote pollination in key agricultural areas.  While one bee colony can product 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year, an average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.  A strong, healthy hive hosts about 50,000 bees.

Wisconsin ranks 16th in honey production and we were the first state to have a honey queen program.  Most states now have a honey queen and there is a national contest in January where Anna will represent Wisconsin beekeepers.  Anna’s favorite part of her reign so far has been online classroom visits.  “I love interacting with kids who are just learning about bees.  It’s so fun when we get to start with the basics,” she says.

A closeup shot of a honey bee busy collecting nectar from African daisy flower.

Here at Rowe Pottery, we celebrate these winged wonders with our 2021 Bee Collection that includes a crock, platter, utensil jar, mug and of course, a honey pot to hold the fruits of their labor.  One of our potters, John, also happens to be a beekeeper!  We asked Anna how the average person and can help keep our bee populations healthy, which has been a recent concern in agriculture.  “Purples and pinks attract honeybees,” she shares.  “Choose to plant flowers like lilacs and lavender.” 

She also shared her motto for the year:  “Let bees be.”  She says that small honeybees don’t want to be around people and are not naturally aggressive.  They prefer to do their job and go back to the hive.  For more information on the Wisconsin Honey Producers, visit www.wihoney.org.  For more pottery inspiration and to see all our summer patterns, follow us on Facebook and Instagram or explore www.rowepottery.com.

Simply Home: “The Earth Laughs in Flowers”

Now that planting season is over, it’s time to heed the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote and add some accents to the garden while enjoying the floral bounty that’s emerging daily.  We’ve been busy planting, weeding and mulching to be ready for the early summer celebrations and now let’s settle in with a cold glass of sweet tea to consider some long-term seasonal solutions to enhance the garden.  Whether you have a green thumb or not, we’ve got plenty of fun ways to use Rowe Pottery accents to plant joy simply in your gardens, home and landscape.

Crocks with faux flowers.

Crocks are an obvious starting point for the savvy gardener, as they can hold potted plants or cut flowers in a variety of sizes.  They add handcrafted texture and height in your landscaping or by the front door either solo or grouped in various sizes. Because decoration can range from classic to modern (even a custom design of your choice), crocks can express any garden style or feature your favorite flower or quote. Our Wildflower and Bloom designs showcase a couple of our favorites.  You can line your pathway, dot the landscape or accent the porch with Rowe crocks filled with flowers.  They won’t blow over in the wind or discolor from the sun since they’ve already endured 2000 degrees in our kilns.  Be sure to bring them inside if you live in freezing weather as the season changes if they are filled with dirt to prevent breakage.

Wildflower Scalloped Pot and Farmhouse Ridges Flower Pots

We also offer a dedicated garden collection at our Company Store, including drained flower pots with a tray or our seasonal Wildflower scalloped pot which is beautiful filled with herbs for year-round enjoyment.  Nestle a couple of our toad houses into your landscaping as a sweet invitation for your bug-eating friends. As part of our popular Ridges collection, we offer them in grey, blue, teal and white.  

Farmhouse Ridges Blue Vase and Bowls

When it’s time to collect your blossoms and put them on display, choosing the right vase makes a stately arrangement.  We have our large or small Ridges vase in blue, white, gray or teal.  Filled with your garden bounty, they speak to the abundance of the season.  Consider alternate vessels to display your blooms including our utensil jars and larger bowls for floating blossoms.

If you don’t have a green thumb, choose from the carefully selected realistic greens in our Company Store for an arrangement that will last all season!  Consider mixing real blooms with a couple of faux finds to round out your arrangements.  And, while you’re browsing the store, check out our luxurious shea garden soaps and other accessories for the gardener at heart.  For more inspiration, follow us on Facebook and Instagram and shop our entire collection at www.rowepottery.com.

Simply Home: Wisconsin!

They say home is where your heart is, and here at Rowe Pottery, we give our home state lots of love.  We’re proud to be a local Wisconsin business which means we take pride sourcing our raw materials (including our clay from Paoli, Wisconsin) and store offerings from right here in our home state when we can.  Since many Rowe Pottery fans hang their hats someplace beyond our cheese-curd infused borders, we like to believe that our local, handcrafted values speak to your heart too.

Rowe Pottery Master Potter’s Rick and John along with Potter Tanner.

Some of our potters and team here at Rowe Pottery enjoy tending the garden, beekeeping, hunting mushrooms or farming chickens in their off time and some of us grew up working on the family farm.  If you make the drive to our company store in downtown Cambridge you’ll enjoy the picturesque countryside dotted with red barns and corn and bean fields.  Because we’re hands-on kinds of folks, we’ve got plenty of dairy-state-inspired pottery in our Farm Collection. From our windmill spoon rest to our two-gallon cow crock, you’ll find a little piece of rural America to add to your home décor.  We recently updated our Farm Collection with our liquid gold finish for a subtle warmth that reminds us of ripe fields of golden wheat.  This finish adds depth to any classic collection or coordinates beautifully with the dark ash glaze of our Provincial collection.

Rowe Pottery Wisconsin Candle Crock

We know you might love your home state as much as we love Wisconsin, so we offer our personalized Home State pottery collection featuring your state, too.  Enjoy the outline of your state with the name scripted across with a small red heart to make you smile.  Choose from a selection of mugs, pie plates and crocks to make it your own in our modern cream or classic salt glaze pottery.  They’re the perfect housewarming or “welcome” gift. 

Wollersheim Wine and Brandy from Prairie du Sac, Rowe Pottery Farmhouse Ridges Cocktail Glass, Cambridge and Tapped infused Syrups from Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Midwest Vodka from New Richmond, Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen Bloody Mary mix from Mineral Point , and Farmhouse Ridges Highball Glass Cambridge, Wisconsin.

Janet Marie Felted Soaps from Madison.

Soup and Dipity Soups from Black Creek, Wisconsin

We know you might love your home state as much as we love Wisconsin, so we offer our personalized Home State pottery collection featuring your state, too.  Enjoy the outline of your state with the name scripted across with a small red heart to make you smile.  Choose from a selection of mugs, pie plates and crocks to make it your own in our modern cream or classic salt glaze pottery.  They’re the perfect housewarming or “welcome” gift. 

We also celebrate the many Wisconsin businesses that create exclusive products that we share with our customers from our company store.  Stop in to find our curated collection of Wisconsin goodness including:

These treats pair beautifully with our handcrafted, locally-made pottery in our gift collections or in a collection of your own.  Plus, you’ll find plenty of inspiring Madison and Wisconsin home accents for your own kitchen or for gifts. No matter where you’re planted, we’re glad to offer our handcrafted pottery, from our hands to your home.  For more inspiration, follow us on Facebook or Instagram or explore our entire collection at www.rowepottery.com.

Simply Home: Cheers to Dad!

Whether he’s kicking back with his favorite beverage, mastering the grill or working in the yard, we appreciate all the ways that Dad brings joy to our lives.  Celebrating the father figures in our lives is one of our favorite parts of June and we have lots of ways to make him smile this year.  Since many dads love to create, fix or work with their hands, a gift that’s made right here in Wisconsin by skilled artisans is the perfect fit.  It’s why we say that a Rowe Pottery gift is “from our hands to your home.”

Home State Wisconsin mug, Rusty Dog Coffee and a coffee scoop.

We hear from our “man fans” that Rowe Pottery is a favorite Father’s Day gift!  We’ve got their perfect sturdy stoneware coffee mug, chip and dip set or grill platter (check out our ash glaze historical platter).  You can make Father’s Day gift giving a snap this year with one of our Dad-inspired gift collections at www.rowepottery.com.  You’ll find the “Fuel for Dad” set featuring coffee from Rusty Dog Coffee, a Wisconsin mug and a coffee scoop. 

Farmhouse Ridges Pilsner Glass, Mikes’s Country Meats Beef Jerky and beverage opener.

Or, choose our “Cheers and Beers” collection with a drift white Farmhouse Ridges pilsner glass, craft beer opener and beef jerky from Mikes’ Country Meats—just add his favorite brew and you’re set. 

Farmhouse Ridges Cocktail Glass, Carr Valley Beer Cheddar Cheese, Wollersheim Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup

The “Call me Old Fashioned” collection features our Wisconsin favorite Wollersheim Old Fashioned mix, a kettle blue old fashioned cocktail glass and one our favorite freshly made cheeses from Carr Valley Cheese .  Just add your personal note and his day will be made!  How about pairing his favorite whiskey or bourbon with a set of Ridges cocktail glasses to complete his bar set?

Gone fishing mug

For the adventure-seeking dad, explore our golf, fishing and outdoor-inspired mugs in a variety of glaze styles.  Of course, we’ve got plenty of options in-store including our home state and Wisconsin collections that will have him cheering for the home team.  Let our creative staff help you put together a gift that he’ll truly appreciate.

Golfing Dad Modern Mug

We hope you have a chance to gather around the grill and toast the men who contribute in so many positive ways to our lives.  For more inspiration, follow us on Facebook or Instagram or check out our entire collection at www.rowepottery.com.  And of course, if you’re heading our way, we’d love to see you at our Rowe Pottery Company Store at 110 East Main Street in Cambridge, Wisconsin. 

Simply Home: Capsules in the Kitchen

If there’s a room in our homes where pottery finds a useful place, it’s in the kitchen.  Since Rowe Pottery endures heat of over 2000 degrees when we fire it in our kilns, it’s safe in the oven, microwave and dishwasher and it’s beautiful to take from oven to table for easy serving and cleanup.  Our five Rowe Pottery capsules are the best starting point for using our pottery in the kitchen:  crocks, tableware, platters, vessels and lighting.

Provincial crocks and Farmhouse Ridges drift white crock

Let’s begin our kitchen tour with crocks, since they were used for food storage before refrigeration.  Today, crocks can be functional for storage in the kitchen to hold rolled dishtowels, as a simple utensil jar or to keep silverware vertical on a buffet.  Whether you choose a crock from one of our collections, or choose to customize a piece in salt glaze or modern stoneware, crocks set the stage in the kitchen.  Many collectors share our pottery by giving Rowe Pottery crocks as a wedding or housewarming gift and we love filling our 1.5 pint crock with candles! 

Farmhouse Ridges Drift White Pie Plate

As we set the table and begin to cook, pottery transitions into a trusted tool.  Rowe Pottery bakeware offers a naturally non-stick glazed interior surface and cooks evenly as the pottery distributes heat for crispy crusts, consistent baking and the best results from your favorite family recipes.  From our abundant styles of pie plates to our quiche baker and covered casserole, once you bake with Rowe Pottery, you’ll grab for it again and again. 

Ridges Drift White Mini-Charcuterie Plate

For family-style serving or on your buffet table, our platters offer an abundance of versatile choices.  Our Farmhouse Ridges mini charcuterie board features soft waves to display savory or sweet treats. We offer our chip and dip sets in several collections. Having a selection of Rowe Pottery platters gives you a breadth of options when layering your table, buffet or serving stations.  Our new 2021 Historical Platter is a collector favorite with its appealing waves and soft lifted handles and it’s a special addition to your collection since it’s available for a limited time.  On your buffet, or by your stovetop, having a collection of Rowe Pottery spoon rests keeps messes at a minimum.  Simply toss them in the dishwasher for effortless cleanup.  Plus, they’re a fun seasonal accent, available in multiple patterns or personalized.

Provincial Footed Bowl and Pitcher with Ridges Kettle Blue Plates

As we move to the table, mix and match our collections for an interesting table scape.  If your style is more traditional, blend Classic or Provincial with drift white Farmhouse Ridges bowls or soup bowls.  For a splash of color, add Farmhouse Ridges kettle blue to bring out the decorative flourishes on our pottery.  Mix our Sandstone collections for an eclectic feel, or go monochromatic by sticking with one style. 

When designing your centerpiece, we’ve got plenty of vessels to choose from.  Of course, crocks in various sizes can be a statement centerpiece on your farmhouse table or outside serving table.  Add height by filling a Farmhouse Ridges vase (tall or short) with farmer’s market flowers, or add faux succulents to our berry bowl for a whimsical summertime table arrangement.

Lemon Zest Candle

Our final capsule is lighting where we can choose our favorite candles to fill the room with fresh fragrance when the oven is off.  Right now, we’ve got our Lemon Zest candle with the lemon pound cake scent which is the perfect scent to fill your home with the comforts of cooking.  For more inspiration, follow us on Facebook and Instagram or explore our entire collection at www.rowepottery.com.

Simply Home: Wedding Wishes

Wedding ceremony ring exchange

We’re ready to pop the champagne and cut the cake because it’s wedding season!  We’ve seen lots of changes this past year in how couples approach their weddings.  Here at Rowe Pottery, we had team members who were either married or had children married during the pandemic, so we can appreciate the simplicity of an intimate wedding and the desire to celebrate with family and friends in unique ways.  We also know that couples today are making decisions to support small business with a savvy appreciation for things that are handcrafted and locally sourced.  Here in Cambridge, Wisconsin, we are happy to be a local business, sourced and manufactured right here at home.  From our Wisconsin clay to the handiwork of our potters and decorators, Rowe Pottery certainly lives up to our motto:  from our hands to your home.

Custom one gallon wedding crock.

We’ve got so many ways to celebrate with the couples in your life.  Many newlyweds receive their first piece of Rowe Pottery as a custom wedding crock, or they order their own crock to commemorate their wedding day.  The customization options are limitless, whether the couple prefers traditional gray and blue salt glaze or the more modern cream and blue finish of our glaze ware pieces.  It takes about four weeks to throw, decorate and fire a custom crock and it’s a gift with legacy value.  Custom crocks can include an image of the couple’s wedding invitation, dates and names or we have plenty of special designs to select.  We also see couples using Rowe Pottery for statement wedding centerpieces or as gifts for the bridal party or parents.  One couple we worked with recently used custom crocks as their centerpieces and gave them as gifts at the end of the night.  Our short and tall Farmhouse Ridges vases in drift white fit rustic, barn and elegant wedding themes. The soft ridges in this collection are inspired by the glacial ridges here in Wisconsin.  We work with florists locally and nationwide who tell us they appreciate arranging in Rowe Pottery.

Farmhouse Ridges Tall Cylinder Vase in Drift White with a beautiful wedding flower arrangement.

We love helping brides and grooms make selections from our collection and go beyond the typical bridal registry.  One of our favorite tableware collections for new couples is the Ridges set in drift white or kettle blue since it fits effortlessly into most decorating styles and offers timeless versatility mixed with our other pottery collections.  Mixing our pottery is the contemporary way to approach tableware, bakeware and home décor with Rowe Pottery and provides an eclectic start to the new couple’s pottery collection.  One recent bride shared that she was gifted a custom modern crock, historic yellow ware and colorful sandstone pieces for her wedding and loves how all these pieces are useful and beautiful in their new kitchen.

Farmhouse Ridges dinner plate and bowl mixed with a timeless Provincial salad plate

If you are engaged, know an engaged couple or have weddings to celebrate this summer, stop by to explore our retail store at 110 E. Main Street here in Cambridge since we also offer beautiful linens and accessories for the home (also perfect gifts).  Ask us about scheduling a personal bridal design consultation where we can explore all the Rowe Pottery options for your wedding and beyond.  We offer more home inspiration on our Facebook or Instagram feeds.  Or, explore our collections online at www.rowepottery.com.

Simply Home: Mixing New and Vintage Pottery

Mixing new pottery styles with vintage favorites can refresh your look and add energy to your home décor as the seasons change.  Our five core capsules are the perfect place to begin when considering how to expand your collection.  Explore crocks, vessels, platters, lighting and tableware to decide what’s next on your wish list.  We recently heard from one Rowe collector who was rethinking her dinnerware since she had recently moved.  She wanted something fresh for her new home.  We suggested adding some Ridges pieces into her set to modernize her table without letting go of the pieces she loved.  It was a beautiful compromise and gave her the updated look she was craving.

Drift White Ridges Place Setting. Dinner Plate, salad plate, cocktail glass.

Whether you are a longstanding collector, or are just beginning to create your capsules, blending styles gives you maximum flexibility to create a collection that you love. Consider referencing some art concepts when it comes to mixing the old with the new:

Line and shape – take a look at your vintage pieces.  Are they curved, straight, decorated or whimsical?  Using those cues can help add appropriate new pieces into the mix.  Make intentional choices to either echo or contrast your current shapes.  For example, adding some silo crocks with straight sides to your more whimsical designs can add stability to ground your look.  Or, consider a curved wine cooler or utensil jar to soften your aesthetic.

Texture – do you like a glossy or matte glaze on your pottery?  The salt glaze of our Classic and ash glaze of our Provincial collections are a nice compromise and we love how it feels in our hands.  Ridges drift white is a soft-feel matte while Ridges kettle blue and Sandstone are glossier, adding some sparkle to your look.

Our Classic Teaberry Utensil Jar, Pie Plate and Mug. A classic Crock created in 1982.

Color – when it comes to coordinating colors, the gray and blue of salt glaze or the earthiness of ash glaze provides a grounded neutral to build upon.  Adding pops of color with Ridges kettle blue or moraine teal breathes life into your décor.   Also consider drift white in your collection to add a break from color and give a visual breath in your display.

We love to hear from collectors who have found or inherited pieces of Rowe Pottery.  To explore the history of your piece, look next to the Rowe Pottery logo stamp on each piece.  There, you’ll find the potter’s and decorator’s marks, adding to the legacy story of each piece you collect.  Many hands touch each piece of Rowe Pottery that comes your way, from throwing or pressing to trimming, decorating, glazing, firing, finishing and shipping. All of our crocks are also stamped with the year it was thrown—kind of like a birthday!  

For more inspiration, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and check out our complete line at www.rowepottery.com.