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Bookworm Pottery Handmade functional and decorative ceramics to brighten up your home. Workshops, classes, handmade pottery, locally-made art and goods

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When one of your neighbors in @thecargodistrict wants you to try something new, it’s always fun to deliver 🥰Stay tuned f...
04/25/2022

When one of your neighbors in @thecargodistrict wants you to try something new, it’s always fun to deliver 🥰

Stay tuned for some travel mugs with @bluecuproastery! There will be a special, limited-edition release later in May, and I’m so excited to bring the final version to life. In the meantime, go grab some delicious coffee/matcha and let me know your thoughts on this Ocean Tumbler I created as a prototype!

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✨Mother’s Day Self-Care GIVEAWAY✨To celebrate the Mamas in our life (whether by birth or by choice), we’re hosting a Mot...
04/24/2022

✨Mother’s Day Self-Care GIVEAWAY✨

To celebrate the Mamas in our life (whether by birth or by choice), we’re hosting a Mother’s Day Self-Care Giveaway! Here’s what you’ll get if you win:

✨ A handmade mug + Blind-Date-with-a-Book + locally wood-burned bookmark + bathtub caddy from @bookwormpottery
✨ Handcrafted goat soap in 3 scents from @thegallowayfarm
✨ Locally produced yaupon tea sampler pack + branded crewneck from @yauponteaco

This giveaway is valued at $160! Wow your mom on Mother’s Day with the best gift basket full of local goods she could ask for.

✨ How to Enter: ✨

✨ Follow all 3 of our accounts: @bookwormpottery @thegallowayfarm @yauponteaco
✨ Like this post (and save it for later to check back in!)
✨ Share this post to your story or feed (make sure to tag us so we can see it! If your account is private, send @bookwormpottery a screenshot of your share)
✨ Comment and tag 3 of your friends in separate comments (more tags = more entries)

*Bonus entry if you make a separate comment saying what you appreciate most about your mom!

The winner will be announced on Friday, April 29. Shipping will be covered by @bookwormpottery if needed (but will not include the bath caddy for shipped prizes—only local winners can receive the caddy). Local winners can pick up their prize basket from Bookworm Pottery & Co. in @thecargodistrict. This giveaway is not sponsored by or affiliated with Instagram. You will be notified ONLY by this account, and I will not solicit any payment information—please be wary of fake accounts!

Thank you for participating! We hope to make your Mama smile 💛

📸: @amberfaithphotography

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✨RESCHEDULED TO MAY 7 (12pm-3pm)!✨ Join @bookwormpottery and @earthandempathyceramics for a Surface Design Techniques wo...
04/22/2022

✨RESCHEDULED TO MAY 7 (12pm-3pm)!✨ Join @bookwormpottery and @earthandempathyceramics for a Surface Design Techniques workshop in @thecargodistrict!

In this 3-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to apply underglaze, stencils, transfers, and screen prints to bisqued pottery; how to glaze your pots afterwards; and how these surface techniques react differently to different clay bodies. Here’s what’s included:

✨ 3 hours of instruction
✨ 1 planter from @earthandempathyceramics and 1 tumbler from @bookwormpottery that you get to decorate (and keep after the final firing)
✨All materials (underglaze, stencils, transfers, etc.) - swipe to see some design examples!
✨ Tools
✨ Firings

We are so excited to share our knowledge with you, and we can’t wait to see you there! There are limited spots, so don’t wait to sign up!

https://bookwormpotteryco.com/collections/pottery-workshops

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✨Please read to the end✨ This was the one Beach Mug that I allowed myself to keep from the last batch. I’ve been allowin...
04/20/2022

✨Please read to the end✨ This was the one Beach Mug that I allowed myself to keep from the last batch. I’ve been allowing myself to keep work that I feel particularly connected to lately, and it’s been so indescribably fulfilling.

I have an extensive pottery collection (I just love all the different spins folks take when creating pots), but I’ve hardly kept anything of mine. So I was always sharing those quiet moments over coffee/water/Diet Dr Pepper “with” someone else, but not “with” myself.

Now I have a small collection of my own work, and I love being able to sit with something I made with my own two hands that I genuinely enjoy. And I can remember every bargain I made to myself when convincing myself to keep them:

“Well, if it doesn’t sell at the market, it was meant to be.”

“Are you realistically ever going to make another one like this again?”

“That glaze drip is just too perfect.”

“Levi said he really likes it, and I really like it, so I guess I HAVE to keep it.”

…and so on 😂

Artists, do you ever have trouble keeping something you’ve made? Have you ever struggled with Makers Guilt? (I.e. “I really like this, but I have to make money and share this goodness with the world, so I really shouldn’t keep it.”)

If so, I want to challenge you to keep the next thing you make that you absolutely love. The thing that you would regret most letting go. Allow it to bring YOU joy like how your work usually brings others joy. And if, after a while, you feel like it’s served its purpose in your life, send it on to the next soul 🤍

Have a marvelous day, my friends. I’m sending you good energy and a big virtual bear hug while enjoying a drink from one of my mugs.

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✨THIS SATURDAY!✨ Join Ashley Merklinger 📚🐛] and @earthandempathyceramics for a Surface Design Techniques workshop in @th...
04/18/2022

✨THIS SATURDAY!✨ Join Ashley Merklinger 📚🐛] and @earthandempathyceramics for a Surface Design Techniques workshop in @thecargodistrict!

In this 3-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to apply underglaze, stencils, transfers, and screen prints to bisqued pottery; how to glaze your pots afterwards; and how these surface techniques react differently to different clay bodies. Here’s what’s included:

✨ 3 hours of instruction
✨ 1 planter from @earthandempathyceramics and 1 tumbler from Ashley Merklinger 📚🐛] that you get to decorate (and keep after the final firing)
✨All materials (underglaze, stencils, transfers, etc.)
✨ Tools
✨ Firings

We are so excited to share our knowledge with you, and we can’t wait to see you there! There are limited spots, so don’t wait to sign up!

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#pottery #functionalpottery #functionalceramics #potteryclass #planters #potterystudio #potterylife #potterylove #potteryart #potteryforall #potterydesign #potterylover #ceramics #ceramic #ceramicart #ceramicsofinstagram #ceramicarts #ceramiclife #ceramicdesign #ceramicartist #ceramicist #ceramicclass #madeinaskutt #ceramicworkshop #cone6 #ceramiclicious #ceramiclove #wilmingtonnc #skuttkilns #cargodistrict

I love how the monstera design peeks out under the glaze on this one 🥰 Did you know that if you live around Wilmington, ...
04/17/2022

I love how the monstera design peeks out under the glaze on this one 🥰

Did you know that if you live around Wilmington, you can skip shipping costs and pick up your purchase directly from the studio? Just choose the “local pickup” option at checkout!

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It’s so fun to try new things in your work and genuinely enjoy how they came out! Ever since I developed this form last ...
04/16/2022

It’s so fun to try new things in your work and genuinely enjoy how they came out! Ever since I developed this form last month, I’ve been having the best time decorating and glazing them to make each rendition look a little different. But since y’all loved the mushrooms so much last time, I had to sneak in a couple more in this last drop 😉

What does this shape make you think of? For me, it’s like a milk bottle and a honey jar had a baby.

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The shop update is ✨LIVE✨! If you’ve been waiting for mugs, planters, and bowls, I’ve got you covered. The drips on thes...
04/14/2022

The shop update is ✨LIVE✨! If you’ve been waiting for mugs, planters, and bowls, I’ve got you covered. The drips on these Beach Mugs in particular had me swooning when I pulled them out of the kiln yesterday!

(Also, Mother’s Day is coming up, and moms love handmade gifts 😉)

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The kiln load this morning had me swooning 😍 This lil planter is one I set aside for myself (it’s something I’m trying t...
04/13/2022

The kiln load this morning had me swooning 😍 This lil planter is one I set aside for myself (it’s something I’m trying to do every now and again), but would you like to see more Studio Ghibli pieces? 🥰

And on another note, who’s ready for tonight’s website restock?? I have some pretty pots hitting the shop at 6pm, so turn on those notifications to snag your favorite!

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Thankful for this space filled with smiles and good company 🥰I hope y’all enjoy your Monday! I’m now open Tuesday-Saturd...
04/11/2022

Thankful for this space filled with smiles and good company 🥰

I hope y’all enjoy your Monday! I’m now open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-6pm, but if you’re around today, feel free to pop by and say hey! 👋

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Had a great time last night at Bookworm Pottery! Exciting things are happening over in The Cargo District and so glad to have been a part of this fantastic evening! #LocalBusiness #WilmingtonNC Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Cape Fear CREW Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce
We had a great evening at Bookworm Pottery networking and painting pottery. Thank you Ashley for welcoming us into your space and we look forward to all the exciting things happening in The Cargo District!
Need plans this weekend and want to get creative? Bookworm Pottery is holding a Planter Workshop this Sunday, Jan 30! At the workshop, you'll make your very own little planter AND get a The Plant Outpost plant to live in it! There are only a few spots left if you want to join the 4pm-6pm class, so make sure to click here if you want to make your own planter this weekend: https://bookwormpotteryco.com/products/rescheduled-planter-making-workshop
Beautiful pieces! Love your work!!!
Beautiful work Ashley.. I’m so excited for you!!! Great Job!!