Introducing Farmhouse Pottery

This week we will be turning our little store upside down in order to create a magical winter wonderland for you. While we do that we will be open, but it won’t be pretty or, I’m not gonna lie, safe from tripping over product and boxes. If you need something please don’t hesitate to come in or call and we will work with you. Otherwise, we will see you Thursday night from 6-9 pm for our Holiday Unveiling!

During our little hiatus from real retail, I wanted to introduce you to a brand that we love, Farmhouse Pottery. Farmhouse Pottery is as real and authentic as it gets. They are self-described old-world potters in the modern day. Their minimalist designs and signature three-quarters dip white glaze embody this philosophy beautifully.

What I love about Farmhouse Pottery is that it harkens back to a simpler time when we made real connections with each other over the dinner table. It somehow feels slower, organic, and full of history.  And, in 2017, I think we need more of that.

Each piece of pottery is handcrafted in their studio in Woodstock, VT. Sturdy enough for the oven, microwave, and dishwasher, these pieces are meant to be used and handed down for generations, just like your grandmother’s cast iron skillet or Grandpa’s pocket knife. Each piece is individually wheel-thrown–and touched by up to 25 people per piece–using techniques performed over the ages with a stoneware formula they created.

James and Zoe Zilian, the artists and founders behind Farmhouse Pottery, are simply lovely. From our first email exchanges to our last encounter at market, they have been a pleasure to work with. What I appreciate most about these two–besides the way they champion their retailers–is that in their signature line on their website they list their role of parents first, followed by Artisans and Co-Founders.  It doesn’t get more real than that.

We are so pleased to bring you their collection of stunning pottery. You will find some of their smaller pieces at the store now, but we are able to special order anything for you. So keep that in mind as you plan your holiday dinners!

P.S.: Here’s a little video from James and Zoe explaining what they do better than I ever could…


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Owner Amy Rutherford started Red Barn because she wanted to deliver a service — to provide both old and new in one place. No longer will busy shoppers be limited to reproductions or forced to shop multiple flea markets for the look or gifts they want. The trick in blending old and new, vintage and modern, classic and quirky, is balance. And Amy’s knack for mixing rustic antiques with urban chic has created a look that is both fresh and familiar.

Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.

We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.

1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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