Cheeky pottery enterprise founder Erin Callahan St. John shutting down the kiln

A St. John’s enterprise that places sassy phrases on pots is closing its doorways however there’s nonetheless time to get a cheeky clay cup for your self or for that saucy somebody in your life as a result of it is going to be firing the kiln till Christmas Eve. 

Nicely-known family-run enterprise Saucy Pots Pottery has produced tens of hundreds of clay pots with four-letter phrases and irreverent phrases imprinted on them. And by setting Newfoundland’s distinctive language in stone with phrases like “Massive Sook,” “Arduous Case” and “Mudder,” the clay cups are a means of preserving the historical past of outdated English and Irish dialect blended with a couple of good swears. 

“Folks flock to the pots. Folks actually join with the language, particularly the curse phrases,” stated Saucy Pots Pottery proprietor Erin Callahan St. John. The handmade cups communicate for themselves and have been a gift-giving go-to for folks with a way of humour because the pottery store opened its doorways in 2014.

Clay shot glasses from Saucy Pots Pottery bear cheeky expressions. (Submitted by Jeremy Harnum)

Callahan St. John is closing the store to protect her psychological and bodily well being. Working with clay includes a number of heavy lifting, which has triggered the artist to wrestle with tendinitis, which limits the quantity of labor that she will do within the studio.

She says she has “blended emotions” about closing Saucy Pots’ doorways.

“I’ve put my entire coronary heart and soul into this enterprise. It has been a tremendous journey and I’ve realized a lot,” she stated. ”I have been within the clay enterprise for 20 years and I am sort of prepared for a profession change.”

Two glazed clay cups with the words Decolonize YYT and Land Back sit on a table.
These are two customized Saucy Pots pottery creations by Erin Callahan St. John. (Amanda Gear/CBC)

Saucy Pots pottery bought its begin on the Partridgeberry Pageant in Tilting, when Callahan St. John made shot glasses and pins with Fogo Island city names. Her clay creations had been an instantaneous hit with the native residents and rapidly gained reputation inside the province. The saucy Newfoundland sayings on clay cups gained nationwide and worldwide prospects when she attended the One among a Variety Commerce Present in Toronto and offered out all of her merchandise.

After she closes the doorways at 2 Clift’s-Baird’s Cove Rd. for the final time on Christmas Eve, Callahan St. John will proceed to share her items and abilities in a means that does not contain any bodily labour. She plans to assist different artists with grant writing for small companies by educating them tips on how to navigate the typically complicated strategy of discovering funding and help.

She already affords workshops to small companies and artists in grant writing, and offers a plethora of assets for artists and small enterprise house owners, and is wanting ahead to increasing that work.

“I’ll begin one other enterprise later in life. However for now I need to step again and return to highschool,” stated Callahan St. John, who stated she needs to pursue a grasp’s diploma at Memorial College’s Grenfell campus.

“I’ve additionally been doing a number of grant writing for the final 10 to fifteen years, so I am all in favour of pursuing grant writing educating and consulting.”

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