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How Bare Stone Pots Are Born
All Bare Stone pottery is hand thrown using local mid-fire clay on a pottery wheel and fired and processed in small batches in the Mountain Pottery studio in Idyllwild, California. Each piece is made with as much care and attention to aesthetics as functionality. Whether its a mug for your morning coffee or a vase for a bouquet from your garden, Bare Stone pottery is made to bring a smile to your face. Great care is taken in the design and creation of these works to ensure the utmost durability and functionality of the wares.
After the pottery is thrown on the wheel it is set aside to dry into a brittle state called 'bone dry'. In this unfired state the pottery is called greenware. The dried greenware goes into the kiln for the initial low-temperature firing in the process called the bisque fire. In the bisque fire the pottery hardens to a porous state that is good for glazing. In this state the pottery is called bisqueware. The bisqueware is then glazed by pouring or dipping in our lead-free non-toxic glaze. Once pieces are glazed, the kiln is loaded again and the pottery is fired for the second time. In the glaze firing the pottery becomes fully vitrified making it impermeable to water. The resulting stoneware is sanded and inspected for quality.
Bare Stone pottery is a reflection of a passion for things that are handmade, homegrown, and local. We strongly believe in the cultivation of love and community through the sharing and enjoying of great food. The goal in bringing you quality handmade items is to inspire you to use them to share your home and your heart with the the people around you. Your pottery created to be surrounded by family dinners and community gatherings. We pride ourselves on maintaining this vision and hope you too will enjoy using our ceramics as much as we enjoyed making them!
Mountain Pottery is a ceramic studio owned and operated by Lucy Alexander and her business partner, Terryann Halloran. In the studio Lucy and Terryann make and sell their pottery as well as offer ceramic classes and workshops for the public. To find out more about Mountain Pottery click the button below.
Bare Stone History
In 2011 in the busy surf town of Santa Cruz, California, Bare Stone founder Lucy Alexander started taking pottery classes under George Dymesich. She began to hone her skills and passion for ceramic art. Eager to expand her time at the wheel, she successfully ran an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign in 2012 which provided the capital to build a small initial home studio. Moving to Toronto, Canada in 2013 she continued to build her studio and product line, launching Bare Stone pottery in 2015. In 2016, she moved her studio back to California to focus on her pottery full time in the beautiful mountain town of Idyllwild.
What materials are used in barestone pottery?
We use a cone 6 clay from a local clay supplier. All of our pottery is glazed with our uniquely formulated lead-free non-toxic glaze.
Do you have any other colors?
We are currently working to formulate new lines of glaze. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when new Bare Stone items are available.
Is the pottery dishwasher/microwave safe?
Yes! All of our pottery is dishwasher and microwave safe, however our pots may retain some heat when used in the microwave.
When will my package ship?
We strive to keep a stocked inventory of all products which ship within 3-5 business days. However, because all of our pottery is handmade by a single potter in small batches, in some cases our pottery is made to order. Please allow 2 weeks for pottery to be made prior to shipping.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes! We currently have checkout options for Canada and the United States. Please contact us for overseas shipping estimates.
My item is broken/defective, can I exchange it?
Of course! If your item arrives damaged or is defective, we will happily work with you to provide a replacement. Please contact us within 14 business days, along with photos of the damaged/defective item.
Can you ship to a PO Box?
Unfortunately we cannot ship to PO Boxes at this time.
Can I return my item?
At Bare Stone we take great pride in knowing that our customers are 100% satisfied with their purchase. If you are not satisfied with your item, please contact us within 14 business days. We will happily work with you to find a suitable exchange or store credit, however we cannot offer refunds. Customers are responsible for all shipping fees.