Dress Up Your Table

Holiday dinners seem to bring out the fancy in us. We'll trot out the real silver that never gets put in the dishwasher, dust off Great-Grandma's china, regardless of the missing pieces or chipped edges. Holiday dinners want to be special. Even my Mom would bring out the Corelle ware, that felt like milk-glass, instead of the everyday Melmac. (Causing my brother to complain loudly. The fancy dishes were half an inch smaller...)

I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand, I find matched sets, everything alike, boring. On the other hand, I don't see why every-day can't be as dressed-up as holidays.

The answer?

Off Center Ceramics.

We have a wide variety of service dishes: turkey platters and baking dishes, serving bowls and gravy boats. Plus dinner and dessert plates, bowls, mugs and tumblers. And you can make your table match without everything being the same. Mix it up. Choose a bunch of different patterns. Have fun with your holiday table.

And because our pottery is so affordable, there's no reason not to use it for everyday as well.

So stop in and see us at Clayfolk or the Eugene Holiday Market.

See what catches your fancy.


As the last doorstep pumpkin slowly turns black, we're looking ahead to the holidays. Look for us at Clayfolk the weekend before Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving weekend we open our doors at Holiday Market, where we'll stay until 4 pm Christmas Eve. Come celebrate with us!

Production Potter

I've been a fan of the work of artist/writer Ursula Vernon for a number of years, and had also become a regular listener to the two podcasts she did with her husband, Kevin Sonney. When they announced, in early 2017, a new podcast about organization and productivity, I immediately started listening. I can always use some tips on getting and staying organized, right?

Well, this month, I took it a step further. I'm on the show.

Episode 69 of Productivity Alchemy features an update on Ursula's attempt to rehabilitate an abandoned tobacco farm, Kevin's emergency server migration, and a long rambling interview with me where I talk about how I keep organized (barely), with digressions into science fiction crafts-beings, recognition by one's peers, and the ceramic geology of Oregon and the Southeastern U.S. I had a huge amount of fun, and recommend the podcast highly.

Pattern of the Month:


Did you ever see the George Carlin routine where he plays a baby, opening his eyes for the first time and discovering his fingers? It's a lovely bit, innocence and surprise and startlement all in one place, and I once saw a real-life version of it.

With a baby elephant.

It was at the Portland Zoo, where they've been successfully breeding elephants in captivity for generations. The baby was named Chang Dee (Thai for "Good Elephant"), and he was small and fuzzy and deeply involved with learning how his trunk worked.

He'd explore his toenails with the tip of his trunk, fingering each in turn, then step on the end and not understand why he was stuck, stretching and tugging until it came loose with a pop! And then repeat.

It was adorable.

I was reminded of that moment this last summer, when I came across a photo in a set of baby animals showing a very happy and excited baby elephant. I decided to try to replicate it on a platter, with delightful results. I've since migrated little elephant onto serving bowls, pastas, teapots and cookie jars, dinner and dessert plates and even the occasional tall mug or cream pitcher. So many baby elephants...

Trunk-loads of them.

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