Gaean Allusions Pottery
Karen and Godfrey Betts, along with one of their five daughters, Freya, create charming and functional pottery pieces from their geodesic dome in Chehalis. Since 1990, Gaean Allusions Pottery has been producing hand thrown utilitarian pottery. With the support of their parents, grandparents and now their daughter, the business has truly been a family venture. The couple received their first wheel from Godfrey’s grandmother, Marie.
Godfrey, who throws the clay, studied at the University of Puget Sound with a major in computer science and a minor in ceramic arts. Karen, who studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, uses a technique called sgraffito by applying layers of color and then scratching off parts of the layer to create contrasting textures. The business began as a means for the family to work together and travel to events.
Freya, who was born into the business, finds that her family’s strength results in different ways of thinking and unique ideas. Freya has drawn from the accumulated knowledge and experience of her parents and refined it with her own style and creativity. She has the skill to accomplish both of the tasks her parents do separately – throwing clay as well as carving and glazing it. Sometimes pieces are a collaboration of all three family members efforts.
The durable pottery is fired to 2230 degrees in our studio. All of the food safe and utilitarian pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe. Pottery is designed for both beauty and functionality. See something you love? Purchases can be made online through Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/GaeanAllusionsStudio or Facebook. Find us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gaeanallusions/ Or our website at http://www.gaeanallusions.com/. Our home is also our business and is open by appointment only. Please feel free to message us with any questions or custom orders!