Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Dancing Pig 101

We're very glad you've found us, but we're also much better at making pottery than we are at maintaining social media. So, here's some basic information about who we are and what we do, and some links to places that we keep much more up to date.

Dancing Pig Pottery is a small pottery studio located on the outskirts of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We focus on making functional stoneware pots. We decorate some of our pots with Celtic and natural motifs. We also make mugs with pithy sayings on them, and yarn bowls and bloody pirates and dragon mugs.

We update our facebook page pretty regularly. And we're happy to respond to emails.

Here's a link to an overview of the pottery we currently have in production: http://dancingpigpots.weebly.com/

We don't have a full time brick and mortar retail outlet. Our pottery is always avaliable online in our Etsy shop: DancingPigPots.etsy.com and at a lovely shop in Gettysburg, A&A Villiage Treasuress. We also have a booth at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. We also attend several smaller events and festivals throughout the year, most reliably the Spoutwood Fairie Festival the first weekend in May and Pennsic, a members only medieval reenactment at the end of July.

So, hope that's a good overview. As mentioned above, please check our facebook or etsy pages to learn more about us. We're looking forward to seeing you soon at a show near you!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gettysburg Festival Arts Market & Bazaar

Gettysburg Festival : Art Market & Bazaar

Guess what's happening next? 

Dancing Pig Pottery doesn't have to venture far to experience a lovely, large scale event!

We are happily participating in the 7th annual Gettysburg Festival Art Market & Bazaar.

The Art Market is held on Gettysburg College Campus Grounds ( Pennsylvania Hall ) 
Friday June 13th, 3pm-8pm
Saturday June 14th, 10am-8pm

Gettysburg Festival is a 5 day event compromising so, so much more than just the facet we're participating in (although you should definitely come see us) The trip to Gettysburg is well worth it to enjoy all this awesome show has to offer! 

live performances, visual arts, stuff for the kids, culinary arts, open houses, and much much more! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Co-Show! Dancing Pig Pots and Tuatha at the Ragged Edge Coffeehouse

MARCH 2014

Have you ever been to the Ragged Edge in Gettysburg, Pa? 

If you ever find yourself in Gettysburg, catching up on history or perhaps visiting your favorite potters, make sure this is one of your stops! It's a local institution, restuarant/coffeeshop/artgallery/garden hang-out spot, and we find ourselves there often, soaking up the wi-fi, drinking chai lattes and experiencing local art and community! 

We were pleased and flattered to have the opportunity to set up a month long showing in conjunction with our good friend Mary Panesis of Tuatha Gallery.

Her Rustic Woodworking, coupled with our Earthy Pottery made a display that was better than the sum of its parts. We are especially excited to share it with you as a peek behind the curtain, as we use Mary's art to display our pottery in our own homes, and she uses our pottery in hers!

We called it "Tea in the Cabin in the Woods", and if you couldn't see it in person, here are some of the highlights. 

Celtic Vine mugs on Live Edge shelving with hand forged iron fixtures

Rustic mugs and Teapot on Barn Board Tea Shelf

Blue Teapot on Barn board tea shelf

Mugs hanging from various wood and antler wall hooks 

Celtic vine teabowls atop a live edge, barn board and rustic wood shelf

Greenman mugs dangling from a large antler wall hook

Arabesque teaset 

Plain mugs with wood wall hooks

Many thanks to the Ragged Edge Coffeehouse for letting us punch a million holes in the walls (I see that you have since spackled them successfully). 

We deeply appreciate the chance to display the art we make, in the town we make it in! 
-Owl and Panda
BONUS DOG! (dogs allowed!)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Spoutwood Farms Fairie Festival 2014

boy it sure is muddy!

business fairies

Starring : Owl and Panda at their fairy-best! 
isn't this rat-fairy the best!
We wait all year to go to the Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farms! http://www.spoutwood.org/fairie-festival

It's one of Dancing Pig's favorite shows, and this year did not disappoint!
We arrived on Thursday to set up the tent and the basic bones of the structure, only to find that the landscape had changed not-insignificantly!
Which is to say there was lots more creek and a little less earth, and our bridge had been washed away! We made it work, and in no time our tent was up. (squishy earth sure makes pounding tent stakes easier!)

We went home to fire the last kilns (We are always waiting on the LAST KILN)
Friday arrived and we hiked on our tutu's and strapped on our wings, ready to fly into a magical fairy land for 3 DAYS!

For this show we focused on BIG and little, so we had a charming array of big giant vases, and perfect petite teacups, we've mixed up our BIG and little idea with sets of mixing bowls that nest together, some sets with as many as 7 bowls!

It's all a blur of glitter and wings and bagpipes and turtles and goblins and ice cream and SPARKLE CHAI now....if you saw us there, we loved seeing you! If you couldn't make it or have *gasp* never been....WHATS THE DEAL ALREADY!???!

We'll be there next year! With wings and bells and Bowls! we sure hope you will too!
(feel free to bring up the fairie fest any-old-time with Owl and/or Panda, but prepare for arm waving and squee-ing)
Panda gets abducted by Azog!

-- Panda and Owl 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Very much missing the Society for Creative Anachronism's Annual Gulf Wars this second week of March. Dancing Pig had been there for ~8 years in a row, I'd been there for the past 7 and @Apprentice Panda & I refer to it as our anniversary, because she and I bonded on our first trip to Gulf Wars 4 years ago.

The reasons we couldn't go this year are many and complicated, but boiled down to not having enough money for gas, not having reliable transportation for the 1100 mile drive (each direction) and not having enough pots because I've been working 40+ hours a week at my winter town job.

But we're going to do our damndest to be back in Mississippi next year, welcoming spring & celebrating our 5th anniversary. In the meantime, all y'all who did manage to make it to the friendliest war of all (really, it is a War With No Enemies) please be sure to pet the dogs, pinch the baker, enjoy the food, drink & friends & have all the fun you can stand, cause they'll surely make more.

Now I'm heading back to the studio to make more pots, because Spoutwood Farm's Fairie Festival is just around the corner....
from left: our friend (& maker of mead kits) Sherry, then Apprentice Panda, then me at Gulf Wars 2011.