Updating Jaybees Crafts

I will be updating the web site in the next few weeks.  I have been busy in shows, and in the shop.  Sorry for the delay, but will get updated SOON!!


Thanks and please come back for several new items added to the site.



Out of Stock

Merry Christmas to you all!  Thank you for looking at my site and I hope we have what you are looking for.  You may notice a lot of  “sold out” notices among the stock.  We have had a very busy Fall and the early Christmas shoppers have taken their toll on the inventory.  I am working frantically to get the sold out items replaced.  Please let me know if you see something that is “sold out”.  I will do my best to have it to you before the 25th!!!

This is a  picture of one of our Corporate gift orders that is ready for to be mailed out.  I hope that they all enjoy their gift for years to come.

Thanks again for looking.  Let me know if there is any product you are interested in and I will do my best to have it to put under the tree.  I want to thank everyone and apologize for not building up the stock enough to cover the orders.  I will be posting new items and restocking the existing items as quickly as I can.  I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

New Pottery For the Holidays

Hope everyone has had a great start to the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is just right around the corner.   For this reason, I have make a new line of vases, with a frog to hold the plants.  This is a great addition and brightens  up any table.  It brings in a little of the outside from the spring, even though it is gloomy outside.

It has been a great hit at the local flower club, and received great reviews.  I will be uploading several for sale as soon as we get them out of the kiln.  I have thrown several in white clay and some in a light brown clay base.  Each clay will give a different finish, even using the same glaze.




New Products for the Holidays

I have been working hard to come up with a new line of pottery and wood art.  My newest creation is the chicken roaster.  This is based on the “beer can chicken” on the grill.  I just took it to the next level.  Many of these I have seen cost $60.00 to $100.00.  I will be getting this product to everyone for the lowest price I can.  I also have a center piece for flowers, with a frog built in to hold the flowers upright and make any table festive for the holidays.  I want to continue to bring practical pottery at a reasonable price,  even though I have gotten criticism  from other potters stating that my prices are too low.

Please continue to check back and we will be posting the chicken roaster along with the yarn bowls that we added last year.

If you have any ideas, let me know and we will see if we can get one out of the studio.   I

New Product

I will get some new pictures of the new products we have been offering at the shows.  The last two shows have been great and we thank all the people that have purchased my pottery.

We want to thank the people at City of Lavonia and  Crane Creek Vineyards  for the great festivals and great wine.  Please visit Crane Creek at www.cranecreekvineyards.com.

Press Release

This is a article that was written and released in Hometown Neighbor magazine on Jaybeescrafts.

Hand Thrown Pottery Comes to Lavonia

Pottery comes to Lavonia!  Local artist Jerry Beatty is starting a new career from an old passion.   Art has always been a part of his life and he always wanted to be an artist, but making a living got in the way of his passion.

Back in the late 70’s Jerry started painting in oils but decided that getting a job was necessary, as the term “starving artist” was too close to the truth and that was no way to make a living and support a family.  However after slowing down, Jerry decided to take up the arts again and bring art to downtown Lavoina.   He went over to the Art Institute in Anderson and studied pottery under the instruction of a local artist.  Soon after enrolling in the class, he created Jaybeescrafts, the name under which he operates and sells his pottery.   “After just the fist class, I realized that pottery is my new passion,” Jerry said.  “The process of creating something beautiful with my hands is very rewarding and I really enjoy it.”  Jerry’s pottery is made from several different types of clay and glazes.  “Experimenting with different glazes and colors is where the real artistry comes out. Each piece is as unique as they are beautiful.”

The pottery is all hand thrown and created in the same manner that pottery has been for thousands of years.  Pottery is an art that besides having been made safer by removing the lead from the glazes has not changed dramatically over the years.  All the pieces made by Jaybeescrafts are food and dishwasher safe.

Along with pottery, Jaybeescrafts offers wood turned art.  Jerry has been working with woodturning for over 25 years and continues to create bowls, pens and wine stoppers.  Most of the wood art is made from wind fallen trees and salvaged limbs that normally would end up in landfills or chopped up for mulch or firewood. “It’s so much nicer to see them turned into works of art,” he comments.  The woods Jerry loves working with most are Cherry, Pecan and Walnut.

The doors are always open at Jerry’s office and he invites you to stop by and see the pottery and woodturning anytime. His office is located at 725 Grogan Street, just off the square in the heart of downtown Lavonia.  If the wheel is going, you can see a technique that has been passed down over the ages and maybe you can try your hand at throwing clay. Please visit my website at www.jaybeescrafts.com or my blog at www.jaybeescrafts.blogspot.com .

New Manzanite Bowl

I started the new bowl using the Manzanita wood.  I think I make a mistake in trying to let it dry.  I should have turned green and worked with what I ended up with.  This is a very hard wood to work, and lost a coffee mug in the process.  The piece of wood came off the lathe over my head, and right on the mug.  I could not have done it better if I was trying.

You be the judge of the rough bowl.  I love the grain and the way the cracks and knots leave an open space in the bowl.  I am going to let set for a week and come back and reshape and cut as thin as I can get without losing the whole bowl.  I have loaded it down with linseed oil which I hope will be compatible with the oil from the wood.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions on finishing this bowl.  I am working with this wood for the first time and need all the help I can get.

New Pottery uploaded

I have just uploaded some of the pottery I finished today.  This one is a small bowl, about 5″ in diameter.  It is a blue sage glaze with a cobalt blue overlay swirled throughout.  I will be posting about 30 plus pieces of hand thrown pottery for your review  including mugs, bowls, honey pots, sake bottles and glasses and hope you will love them and take some home with you.  I will continue to upload and if you do not see what you are looking for, please let me know.  Everyone is welcome  to come to see my work at Crane Creek Vineyards, in Young Harris, GA on May 29, 2010.  If you drink enough, it will look great…….. 

Hackberry Bowl

I started a new bowl using Hackberry.  I secured this piece of wood through ebay, but really do not know anything about this type of wood.  Does anyone else know anything about it?  It is a light colored wood with some interesting dark markings in it and is turning very well. It has a great looking grain with spalting.  The bowl measures about 9 inches wide and 4 inches deep.  

I will post the finish bowl on the sales page next week.  I was almost done, but needed to be finished the bottom.  Thanks for looking and if we can assist you in any ways, please let us know.


I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I hope everyone gets what they wanted from Santa!
The good news is that I have been able to secure a large amount of FREE wood.  Yes, I said free.  With this free wood, I want to pass the savings along to my customers

All the hand-crafted items in my inventory are at special reduced prices, so check them out for some unique holiday presents.

If you do not see what you are looking for, please let us know as I an unable to get everything uploaded.

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