What was I thinking? Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle? What was I smoking?!

Six years ago in 2012, I was frantically preparing to open a "Holiday Store" in the largest mall in the Northwest US - in Tukwila, Washington (a suburb of Seattle, sort of near the airport).  I had run some numbers and was convinced that the margins allowed for factory direct purchase, importation into the US, …

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Plate size – What’s in your Cupboard?

Straight up?  This is a post about the importance of plate size.  In the States, the average dinner plate size has increased by a third since 1960 - from 9 inches to 12 inches. Bigger plates encourage larger portions and the consumption of more calories.   In 1961, the average US citizen consumed 2,880 calories per …

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GringoCool & Cactus Canyon Ceramics – Change is in the Air!

As the summer winds down changes are in the air at Cactus Canyon Ceramics. For years, Cactus Canyon Ceramics has focused on finding outstanding hand painted pottery in Spain and bringing it to the U.S. market. This has involved visiting many factories and workshops throughout Spain, and making new friends and acquaintances in the process. …

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Sevillan Artist David Noalia – Latest Paintings

I think for most people, it is hard to describe what you like about a painting. I have always found it hard to express more than a couple of sentences. Usually I say something like, “Boy,... the brush strokes are bold, the colors strong, and I love the organization of space,... really cool painting” and …

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Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani

Botijos, pronounced ...bo- TEE-hoes .... are Spanish, earthenware water jugs. For centuries, the Spanish botijos provided cool drinking water even during the hottest days (still do in fact). The shape of the botijo along with the porous clay used to make it, allow the jug to “sweat” and through evaporation, the water inside is cooled. …

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