NOW YOU CAN SHOP ONLINE IN OUR WEB-STORE! WE WILL SHIP ANYWHERE IN THE USA AND LOCALS CAN PICK-UP CURBSIDE!
Although we are closed to the public due to Covid-19, we are happy to offer online shopping in our new Web-Store! The Web-Store, while still under construction, is functional and will allow you to make purchases. We are in the process of adding new high quality images and item descriptions/details that will improve your shopping experience, but you can still find and purchase many great items now! If you have questions about the site or a particular item, please feel free to phone the store to get clarification.
NOTE: Curbside pick-up is at Belvedere Arts LTD, 2363 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Our studio is small and we experiment a lot. However, when it comes to making items to sell in our gift shop, it is important to hone in on what our customers like and then repeat those designs. Prototyping is what it’s called when we experiment. Not all prototypes get approved for production and sometimes they don’t even make it to the gallery/gift shop to be sold as one-and-onlys. While many factors determine whether or not designs are appropriate for production pieces, complexity and appeal are probably the two most significant considerations. Our “production” runs are always limited to small quantities and only take place after we carefully refine a design and develop our processes to skillfully create multiples which are consistent in their size, shape and other aspects.
Prototypes take a long time to create because there are questions at every turn. There is a sketch, a plan, and then as we make a new design, we find parts of the process that could be smoother, elements that would be more appealing, etc. These prototypes are studied and improved upon through trial and error until we are confident that we have a design that is free from problems and ready for small-scale hand production using processes that are fully understood and consistent.
This is only the first leg of the journey in the creation of this group of plates. Next, you will see how we add color to these dishes before the final glaze firing. We will be sharing all the steps throughout the whole process!
After prototyping and testing, our garlic pots have moved into production and will be ready mid to late January 2021. The pot is designed to keep garlic fresh longer, which means that your garlic will stay crisp and won’t shrivel on the counter. The garlic pot itself is beautiful and simple. These lidded pots are thrown on the wheel and made out reddish-gold, spotted iron-bearing clay. Although the form of the pot follows specific size, shape and detail criteria, each pot is ultimately unique being completely handmade from start to finish. The white glaze keeps the look timeless and meshes well with any style. There will only be 10 produced in this set, so call now to order yours at 970-731-1619. We have a feeling that these will go fast as they are as practical as they are beautiful!
Are you excited for your new garlic pot to arrive, but don’t know what to do with the garlic that you put in it? Did you purchase a whole head of garlic to make a recipe calling for just 3 cloves?
No peeling needed for this recipe! Add tasty roasted garlic to a side or main dish as a beautiful garnish that you can fork cloves out of for your meal. You’ll find some recipes below that call for roasted garlic in the ingredients. Roasted garlic will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Cut off the top of a whole head of garlic crosswise.
- Place the head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, top-up and drizzle with olive oil.
- Fold foil around the garlic so that the garlic is sealed and bake for 35 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine softened butter, minced garlic and parmesan cheese. Season with garlic salt, Italian seasoning, pepper and paprika. Mix until smooth.
- Mix mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- In large bowl, Sprinkle yeast into 1 cup warm water. Mix in the sugar and salt. Let sit for about 10 minutes or until it foams. Add in olive oil. Add flour and knead (by hand or stand mixer) for about 10 minutes. Add rosemary, black pepper, and oregano. Knead another 5 minutes. Finally, gently knead in roasted garlic by hand, about 1 minute. Dough should come together well at this point; slightly sticky is fine.
- Place dough ball in well oiled bowl, turning dough a few times so that dough surfaces are protected by oil. Tightly cover bowl with cling wrap. Place in warm, draft-free area to rise until dough is doubled, approx. 1 hour, depending on room temp (if your room is cooler, it could take 2 hours.)
- After dough is doubled, punch it down and shape into a rounded loaf. Using sharp knife, make a criss-cross design on top. Place rounded loaf on greased baking sheet. Cover up loaf with large mixing bowl inverted over it. Make sure bowl is large enough that it gives your loaf room to rise. Let rise until doubled again, approx 1 hour.
- After dough has doubled again, gently brush with olive oil, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and a bit more rosemary. Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes, spraying loaf with water once during the middle of baking. Bump oven up to 425F and spray loaf with water again. Watch carefully – bake just until top is a nice golden brown, taking care not to over bake.
- Serve bread fresh and warm, with your favorite blend of good olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, and balsamic vinegar! Amy, Rustic Rosemary Garlic Bread, Chew Out Loud, https://www.chewoutloud.com/rustic-rosemary-garlic-bread/, 12/01/2020
We apologize if you find our website a little slow, or just a little glitchy while we carry out the addition of our new web-store. We are presently in the midst of adding a full online store within the Belvedere website with lots of well described beautiful images of each work of art that we offer for sale. The store will have a built-in shopping cart and will offer shipping options so that your purchase can be completed in one smooth, secure transaction. We are excited to make this change and will be announcing the web-store’s completion sometime in the next upcoming weeks.
We are sorry to announce a second Covid-19 store closure due to the rising rate of infection in our region. This upsurge has made it necessary to close our store to the public for the time-being. We will keep close watch on the current situation to keep everyone safe and prevent the virus from spreading. We want to thank you all for your patience and understanding, and we hope you and your families will be safe through the Holidays as we enter into this very difficult period. Just as soon as it is safe to open our doors, we will do so. In the meantime, we will be working behind the scenes to create new work to offer for sale and to make improvements in our workshop and store areas that will make your shopping and creative visits more enjoyable! Thank you so much for “hanging in there” with us while we navigate these very different times. STAY SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Here at Belvedere Arts Studio, we artists have the pleasure of testing out projects to offer as classes or private lessons. We often start with a sketch book, working up a design and mapping out the necessary processes, but sometimes we find projects that have been done before and we reinvent them, putting our own spin on them. Once we have a plan, one or two of us go to town making the project in the studio, taking notes and photos as we go so that we can review afterward what skill level the project is and how we can streamline any parts of the process for our students.
Below are seven projects that you could try your hand at in our studio, which we have rated as beginner, intermediate, and advanced:
- Teapot (Advanced)
This teapot is so whimsical and fun to look at! It is made using a pinch pot technique, but joining the forms is a little bit challenging for those new to clay work. With basic skills under your belt, we can teach you how to get a consistent thickness, control the shape of the form and add the surface details that will make your creation really special.
- Architecture (Intermediate/Advanced)
One of our regular patrons had been making small houses from oven-fire clay and was interested in learning to make them more elaborate and sturdy using stoneware clay designed for hand-building. She had a specific interest in historical European type houses, so we developed a class to explore this subject. It was so interesting to see how different everyone’s buildings turned out! Using a simple two-dimensional drawing, you can create a tar-paper pattern and cut the components of your building out from a leather-hard slab of clay. The fun part comes after all the joining of pieces is completed when you add details and embellishments and finally paint on underglazes, oxides, and glazes to your finished work.
- Coffee Mug (Beginner/Intermediate)
We don’t know about you, but we feel that you can never have too many mugs! You can make one for yourself, or give it as a gift (add your own hot cocoa accessories). You will learn how to roll a stamped texture onto slab, cut a pattern, and then join the seams and apply a handle. We will help you find the best glaze to accentuate your chosen texture.
- Hump Mold Bowls (Beginner/Intermediate)
We have wonderful new molds in the studio that make it easy to turn out a consistent, clean product. You will learn to apply a slab to the mold and attach level feet. The beauty of these bowls is that the quiet form lets you go wild with carving designs or painting on graphics with underglaze, or keep it simple with a beautiful glaze.
- Pendants (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)
Did you know that you can make gorgeous jewelry from clay? We have a large assortment of beautiful stamps, or get really creative and carefully sculpt your own design to create a one-of-a-kind art piece from our smooth porcelainous clay body.
- Fish Chime (Intermediate/Advanced)
This is a fun project that will yield a lovely addition to your garden. This multi-section “chime” is made with pre-cut tar-paper patterns. You put together the clay pieces that have been embellished using incised roller stamps, the pieces are glazed, fired, and then assembled onto a wire with beads to hang so the sections can move freely and chime in the breeze.
- Garden Markers (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)
If you love your garden and you’d like to make some really special markers that will last and last, this project will suit you. It’s simple and fun and great for friends to do together.
While we aren’t offering formal classes for these projects at this time due to COVID-19, we will be creating classes for them when we can safely gather in the studio again. Please note that these projects require multiple visits to our studio to complete and drying times for items will vary based on size and clay thickness. If you’re interested in doing a project, just email email@example.com or call us (970) 731-1619 and we can give you specifics as far as how much time each project might take and the costs for each.
Masks are required! We are observing social distancing and increased hand -washing.
To visit, just give us a call at (970) 731-1619 and book your time during our regularly scheduled workdays (Weds-Sat from 10-4). Come in to tour the Gallery and see what is offered for sale, or… if you are the creative type, set-up a wheel-throwing session – or maybe get your hands into the clay with a hand-building project in which you’ll be able to create a useful item in a few hours time. We also offer “paint-your-own pottery” experiences which are great for friends and family! We are flexible in our offerings so share your creative wishes and we will do our best to accommodate!
On January 15th our gallery hours will be by appointment only. We will be in the workshop Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 AM – 4 PM. Give us a call and we will set up an appointment time just for you to visit us. (970) 731-1619
When you come in, we will give you a tour of our workshop spaces and share stories about us and the other artists we represent. In addition, you will likely catch us making beautiful new art for the upcoming season! As makers, we love, love, love to be creative, making fresh and unique new designs, and then offer them to you for your own personal collection or as gifts for those special people in your life!
Classes and open studio will be ongoing throughout the winter and spring. Our current class schedule is posted on our website (visit classes & workshops section) and sign-ups are presently being taken. Space is limited so don’t wait!
Don’t be shy… come on by! Just give us a call at (970) 731-1619.