St Lawrence Pottery Blog

Ready for my close-up! November 4, 2017 12:25


    Filmmaker Elaine Vedette Tack recently spent some time at St Lawrence Pottery and shot this wonderful video. It was amazing to me that she was able to film & edit what had to have been 100 “ums and ahs” out of my dialog, travel to Montreal & back to Clayton and turn the piece over in one day! Kudos to you Elaine and thank you so much for making me look so smart! Check it out


This year’s Holiday Show will be on Saturday December 2, starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. We have many seconds, a number of new Christmas seasonal items and plan to reduce the price on much of the pottery in the store. This is the same day as Clayton’s Christmas Parade, so it ‘s a fun time to visit the area.


Summer Begins 2017! May 23, 2017 09:24 2 Comments

Time to break radio silence!  

We have been working hard all winter and I will be adding more items to the website in the next few days.  There is no way for me to add all the items we've made onto the web site and make, decorate, run the shop etc etc.  But come heck or high water... (ha!)


It is also time for the SIXTH Annual Artist Studio Tour.  The tour this year is a bit more condensed and will be quite easy to get around and see everyone's studio in one day.  Our guest artist will be Mark Schwartz of Red Woods Furniture.  Mark will have a tent outside with his fabulous natural form and nautical themed furniture.  

This is a great opportunity to see some studios of local artists who are not always open.  There are so many studios to see. We have maps here.


Hope you'll be able to stop at St Lawrence Pottery this summer and see the 30plus canvases I've done this winter, again I won't be able to get all of the paintings on the website, but I will try to put up a few.  Guess it's always a good idea to pop in when you can and we'll be here!  I've been posting on Face book which is a public site so you can always look at images of what we're doing there, even if you don't do Face book.  

Stay safe on the high water and hope to see you soon, 

Sarah Ellen Smith, Artist


Events Summer 2016 May 24, 2016 16:29

Here we are again coming up on the fifth annual Studio Tour.  Kari Zelson Robertson will be our guest artist again and we're very happy about that.  Kari has been a busy artist, working on a fantastic body of ceramic work and is also instrumental in putting together the year round Northern New York Art Trail.  There is so much talent in our area and people are starting to take notice!  Here's a photo of Kari from last year's tour.

 On Wednesday, June 8 from 5pm to 8pm, there will be an opening reception for the 2016 paintings by Sarah Ellen Smith.  There will be refreshments, lots of friends& family, sketchbooks and stories about the paintings.  

We have been running back to back firings all month and have a fantastic bunch of pottery this summer some of which will be available at our gallery and  at Freighters in downtown Clayton.  Keep an eye on Facebook for more news of St Lawrence Pottery. (You don't have to have an account to look at our page)

Thanks for taking a look at our site!

Happy Holidays December 4, 2015 14:43

Happy Holidays!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s show opening party a success. We really are lucky to have such good friends and family here at the River. Wish all our summer folks could have been here too. Here are some photos of the event and our new facelift that John finished this week.

We will be open everyday til Christmas, so for a relaxed shopping experience stop by, warm up by the wood stove!  Be Safe friends!

Labor Day! September 2, 2015 14:49

Summer 2015 was quite a roller coaster ride!  Thanks to all our new and returning customers for a great summer!  I'm still reeling from it!

We're coming up on Labor Day, getting ready for our 2nd Summer Seconds Sale at St Lawrence Pottery.  The sale will be here on Saturday September 5th from 9am to 5pm.  It will be a great opportunity for us to clear out some art, jewelry and pottery seconds and for lucky customers to get a bargain!   I'll reduce some of the items online as well for anyone who can make it to the sale.

This Sunday will be our last Sunday to be open until next Memorial Day.  But we will be open 6 days a week from 10am to 4pm right up until Christmas.  I will probably be open later on Friday nights as we get into the holidays as well, but will keep you all posted.

Also if you are able to visit the gallery we have two new Greg Lago sculptures to see. This cedar carved River spirit arrived last week and she is a beauty.

  Greg also left us with a new totem pole last month.  It is called "Black Jack takes a walk" and it is a fantastic piece of carving!  Jack is Greg's Lab at the base of the totem pole.  There is a beaver, fox, raccoon and owl on top of Jack.  It must be seen and felt to really appreciate these pieces. 


You might remember that Greg Lago is my model for St. Lawrence.

Things are slowing down at the River and I won't have anymore excuses after next week for not putting more products onto the website.  So keep an eye out for a bunch of new pieces in September and email us for any personalized christmas orders!

Have a relaxing, happy and safe Labor Day weekend! 


St Lawrence Pottery News April 23, 2015 April 24, 2015 16:17

We’ve had some beautiful spring days here in the North Country, but today it is was snowing again. It reminds me of a Mother’s day a long time ago when we had to brush snow away to get at the daffodils.

John is throwing vessels with the last of the winter clay and will be firing a large bisque kiln load next week and probably two back-to-back glazed firings pretty soon.   I’m making glass beads and working on an instructional video for the web site. This will show how I decorate a vase in our Sunset pattern.  It will be riveting stuff, sure to produce some yawns, but I think other artists will enjoy it.  It will be cool to have a YouTube channel.

Up river from here about two miles is a good friend and talented craftsperson Susan Kenyon. She makes fantastic chain bracelets that we’re featuring in our Thousand Island Sun ad next week. I’ll pick a few out and put them up on the site. They are very reasonably priced and feel great on.  Bisque vases waiting for some glaze and a final firing.