Clear Creek Pottery
Simple, sturdy stoneware, handcrafted for everyday use, is the trademark of Clear Creek Pottery. Located in Snohomish, Washington, this pottery melds function with style inspired by nature's colors, and early Colonial potters work. Like Colonial America, rustic Clear Creek Pottery is reliable and lasting. Autumn shades of rust, gold, and pale green along with Early American blue, red, white, and black are this studio's signature colors. Simple lines and soft colors take you from oven to table with style. Generously sized chip and dips, serving bowls and mugs are standouts; you can also find covered casseroles and garlic holders.
Steve Dalton is the ceramic artist behind Clear Creek Pottery, a studio creating functional handmade stoneware for home or office. He attended Everett Community college in 1992 with a major in drawing. As an elective for an Associate in Fine Arts degree, he selected a course in ceramics. Steve decided to become a potter with his work influenced by early 20th-century studio pottery. Noted potters Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, and Ray Finch served as sources of inspiration. Steve's unique style combines simplicity and function, echoing the Briudio movement and Medieval European pottery aesthetics.
Handcrafted Art Pottery
Beautifully melding multiple style elements, Steve adds several handcrafted details to his work. His pottery is notable for extra touches left out by the majority of functional potters. For instance, the handles of his coffee mugs are hand-pulled from the pot or pulled as a strap, not extruded. Steve also attaches a thumb rest to the handle of his coffee mugs and pitchers, making them more comfortable to hold and use. The drainage holes on his colanders are rounded and smooth on both sides. The chip & dip platters are amble in size, great for large servings of chips, fruit, and cheese, along with your favorite dips and sauces. Charming little honey pots with wooden dippers add a touch of sweetness to your table. And to assist with your signature marinara sauce, keep fresh garlic right on your kitchen counter in beautifully crafted garlic jars.
And his attention to functionality is further evident in all his baking pieces — made with flat bottoms for even cooking.
Echoing Colonial hues, the Clear Creek collection includes stand out glaze combination, "Old Republic." You'll enjoy this blend of creamy white accented with caramel brown and blue on coffee mugs and more. Old Republic also looks excellent on the three-piece Cannister Set, a wonderful gift for the baker in your life.
Steve's chip & dip platter serves chips & salsa beautifully in "Storm"; satin white with cobalt blue and temmoko glaze, (textured, satin-matte dark brown).
A thoughtful gift from Clear Creek Pottery could be an edge-fluted pie plate in "Old Republic." Generous in size and sturdy, this pie plate is built to last a lifetime! Great wedding or housewarming gift with your favorite pie or quiche recipe tucked inside.
Clear Creek's large bowls add versatile serving & mixing options to your kitchen. "Oasis," a glaze treatment that combines terracotta, caramel, and antique French blue, is especially lovely adorning these bowls.
High-fired Stoneware for Today
Clear Creek Pottery combines traditional form and function with Steve's attention to detail and color sense. Unlike early pottery, which could be unsafe, all Steve's pottery follows contemporary American guidelines for safety; it is 100% lead-free. Hand thrown on a potter's wheel, the work has an authentic appeal. Food safe glazes, custom mixed by Steve, are formulated to be durable for everyday use. That beautiful, large salad bowl is dishwasher safe, and all mugs can go right into the microwave.