Friday, February 20, 2009

My Stuff!!!!!

Just a quick post. I figured I'd write a quick note to let everyone know that as of March 1st, you can find my pottery at Artworks Around Town in the upper market house of Centre Market in Wheeling.

You can also find my work at the Wheeling Artisan Center on Main St. in Wheeling.

Over this next sale season I will have my work at different sales around the east coast and midwest. I will definitely keep everyone who reads my blog updated.

Oh and I was recently on the front page of Indiespotting, a web site featuring handmade stuff. it's pretty sweet. Definitely check it out!

Now check it!!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

That Wheeling Feeling

I was thinking about one of my many businesses today (I juggle my time between my pottery, a landscaping/ contracting business, and the billiards business I inherited from my father) and I started thinking about all of the great resources that we have in the small city that I live in. And since I just talked about local businesses in my first post, I decided that I would take this opportunity to make a list of my top ten favorite local businesses in Wheeling, WV.

Just a heads up about this list: there's really no rhyme or reason to this list. It is comprised of local restaurants and businesses that I frequent or see as being an asset to our community. These businesses aren't listed in any sort of order, and none are favored over others. we go!

1. Good Mansion Wines (95 14th st.)

This wine store is the ONLY place in Wheeling that sells wine exclusively. They have an amazing selection, and the building is an incredible Victorian-style Mansion. On the whole, the store pretty much rocks. The owner, Dominick, is incredibly knowledgeable and he employs a few really cool people at the shop. Here's the web site if you want to check it out:

2. Later (or Later Alligator, as many call it) (2145 Market St.)

This restaurant belongs to my friend Mitch's mom Susan. Susan is an incredible woman. She and a handful of other people restored the building in which her restaurant is located, and they did an amazing job. Not to mention the fact that their food is incredible. They focus mainly on crepes, but they have great sandwiches also. All in all, this place is great. Definitely check it out if you can. On a side note, the small windows at the top of the storefront were designed and patented by Frank Lloyd Wright.

3. Ye Olde Alpha (50 Carmel Road)

This is one of Wheelings oldest and busiest watering holes. This bar rocks. Hands down. That's all there is to say about it. Oh and they have really great food, large beers, and tons of dead animals adorning the walls. Check them out online at:

4. Crone's Clothing Store

Crone's could easily be one of the oldest businesses in Wheeling. They opened their doors in 1908 and they exclusively sell men's clothing and their tailor is absolutely the best. Unfortunately, Crone's was recently forced to relocate to the new shopping center outside of downtown due to the fact that they were about the last retail store in the downtown area. Still, these guys have been doing great work in Wheeling for a really long time.

5. Jebbia's Market (2600 Chapline St.)

So you know how every town has that really great market where you can get really fresh produce and great deli stuff? Well, Jebbia's is Wheeling's answer to that market. I shop here every week. You really can't beat their deli. They've got great stuff and REALLY good prices, as well as the world's best chicken salad.

6. The Salsa Cafe (56 Carmel Road)

The Salsa Cafe was opened by a lawyer and his wife who moved back to Wheeling to open his restaurant after selling burritos in the streets of Washington, D.C. The food at this restaurant is amazing. The burritos are huge and they have more hot sauces than you can shake a stick at. They also have about a thousand other great things on their menu.

7. Lou W. Nau Hardware (69 Edgington Lane)

This hardware store is by far one of the best in Wheeling. The guys at this store have helped me out on more than one occasion and they carry some seriously hard to find parts. There are a lot of OLD houses in Wheeling, and when you need a replacement part, this is the place to go. And their prices can't be beat. I've saved a lot of money shopping here vs. the local home improvement superstore.

8. The Wheeling Artisan Center (1400 Main St.)

The Artisan Center is exactly what Wheeling needs more of. It is an amazingly restored old building on Main St. that sells the work of local artists (including myself), craftsmen, and food producers. They have an amazing space and the people are great. They also have an amazing Celtic festival here every year where they serve some amazing beers.

9. The Towngate Theater (2118 Market Street)

The Towngate Theater is owned by the Oglebay Institute which is, in and of itself, an amazing part of Wheeling. The Towngate puts on theatrical productions and shows indie films from time to time. The admission is super cheap and they put on some really great shows. This is a place to definitely check out if you're ever in Wheeling.

10. Sasseen's Diner (2147 Market St.)

Sasseen's is one of those diners where everyone goes for lunch. They have great food, really cheap prices, and a great atmosphere. They have the best burgers in downtown and their hoagies are enormous. There are seriously a thousand things I could say about this place. It would honestly be easier for you to just go and eat there yourself. Definitely definitely check it out.

Well that's it. Although there are a lot of other great places in Wheeling. There has been a serious movement here recently to revive the downtown area. So hopefully in the next few years we'll see some more great business open up. Until next time!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl Sunday

Today I got to unload a glaze kiln that I fired yesterday and I came to a realization; I need another kiln. I've been trying to focus more on efficiency in the studio, as I'm trying to increase my production quite a bit. So I figured that while I was firing a glaze kiln, I could also be firing a bisque kiln. I have the studio space, and I could double the amount of pieces I produce. My glaze kiln did, however, turn out quite well. A fine example of that would be this bowl to your left.

I've also come to the conclusion that I need to research surface texture in my work more, whether it be through stamps, or impressing objects into the surfaces of my pots, or something else that I have yet to come up with.

I've been checking out the work of my fellow members of the Etsy Mud Team and I am impressed everyday by the caliber of work that comes out of that group. I have been so inspired by the members of the Mud Team and have already gotten so much great advice from them. So I'd like to take this opportunity to say thanks to the members of the Mud Team who are always sooooooooo helpful. I greatly appreciate the advice you all have given me as well as the compliments. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing the work of many of the members of the Etsy Mud Team, here is a link to our Etsy shop:

Well, that's about all I have to say for now. Go Steelers!!!!!