Summer Production...Fall & Winter Sales

Blu Skillet Pan Pile

Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful summer! We've been busy making a ton of parts for the final year-end push and the summer has absolutely flown by!

Our fall Online Sale is coming up really soon - Thursday, September 7th at 10AM PDT. We're shooting for 400-500 pans for this sale - it depends on how many parts we have in process at the time of sale. Production and shipping will continue through early December.

We've also had fun in the studio this summer making some extra things like copper bowls and one-off stainless steel spoons and ladles. We'll have a special online Holiday Lottery at the end of the year with these few extra items. If you would like to see what we're working on between now and then, you can follow along on our Instagram page.

If you're in the Seattle area, our Holiday Studio Sale will be happening in December.  In the meantime, if you would like to stop by the studio to see the process, we have our Open Studio hours every 1st Sunday of the month from noon to 3PM. The Ballard Farmers Market is also happening at that time and is really worth a visit - it's just down the street and goes from 10AM - 3PM.

Thanks everyone for all your support this year, we feel incredibly lucky to be able to share the things we love to make with you - we look forward to the upcoming events and hope you are all well.

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

Our Spring Studio Sale is just around the corner!

It's finally starting to feel like spring in the studio and we're excited to open the doors for our Spring Studio Sale!  It's coming up soon - Saturday, May 6th

We'll have a bunch of pans available, and Patrick, along with guest artist & blacksmith, Maria Cristalli, will demo throughout the day.  So if you're in Seattle, we hope you can swing by the studio to check out the wares, enjoy some light refreshments and see the process of forging hot metal!

Our studio is located in Ballard, at 1122 NW 46th ST, Seattle, WA 98107.  Doors open at noon and we'll be hammering away until 6pm!

Hope to see you then!

Patrick & Caryn

 

~ work by Maria Cristalli | mariacristalli.com

Some spring announcements...

Hope everyone is enjoying the start to a wonderful spring! We're enjoying the warmer weather and looking forward to some upcoming events!

Our first Online Sale of the year is coming up soon - Friday, March 17th at 10AM PDT. In addition to our regular sale, we'll have a lottery option too!

We're also looking forward to our local Studio Sale on Saturday, May 6th! If you're in the neighborhood, we hope to see you there! We'll post the details as we get closer to the date.

And we're really excited to be celebrating our 4th year of making pans this month! As a thank you for 4 amazing years, we're giving away one of our new little 7" fry pans with this post!  Just leave us a comment below with name and email (email isn't shared) and we'll enter you into the drawing! Comments will close 12PM PDT Monday, March 6th - we'll let you know if you're the winner that same day! You can also check out our Instagram and Facebook pages on March 10th for another chance to win!

Thank you all so much for your support and well wishes these last few years! We are so grateful, and we're looking forward to another amazing year!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

 

The drawing is now closed - Thank you everyone for the super sweet comments, best anniversary present ever!

A couple of upcoming events for the holidays!

We're getting close to shipping out the last of the orders from September's online sale - last ship day will be December 8th - and we're looking forward to a couple of upcoming local events to wrap up the holiday season!

We'll be part of a pop up event at the Equinox Studios Very Open House in Georgetown! There will be 100+ artists and artisans, guests, demos, music, food trucks, and so much more! This is a huge event - an entire city block of warehouse space dedicated to arts & industry and a great place to pick up local gifts for the holidays!

Saturday, December 10th | 6PM - 9PM
502 S River Street | Seattle, WA 98108

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And super excited to host another Holiday Sale at our studio in Ballard for everyone who is near and dear! We'll have as many pans as we can make and some IOU gift magnets available if we run out of inventory. There will be blacksmithing demos throughout the day and light refreshments. Hope to see you!!!

Saturday, December 17th | 12PM - 5PM
1122 NW 46th Street | Seattle, WA 98107

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Thank you all for an amazing year! We are so grateful, and we're looking forward to the next leg of the journey in 2017!

Happy Holidays!

Patrick & Caryn

Shop update and a preview...

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Thank you everyone for being so supportive and patient while we filled a ton of orders from last February's online sale! These past months have been a whirlwind, but we're wrapping things up and eager to take a break from shipping so we can focus on just making pans and gear up for our next online sale - which is coming up soon!

The next online sale will be: Wednesday, September 7th at 10:00AM PDT. In order to make as many pans available as possible, we'll only be selling the 10" & 13" pans. You can see the new shop page here.

We'll also be making pans for local sale during the holidays. We'll post details to our Instagram and Facebook pages as we are able.

Thank you again and hope you're all having a wonderful summer!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

Our Spring Studio Sale is coming up soon!

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It's so nice to be in the workshop in the spring, and we're really excited to open our doors for our Spring Studio Sale! We'll have lots of pans available and Patrick will demo throughout the day - if you're in the Seattle area, we hope you can stop by! 

See you then,

Patrick & Caryn

A belated Happy New Year and an update...

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We've been quietly getting things in order after a crazy end to last year. The power hammer is in much better shape now, and Patrick's been working on a bunch of new tooling. So production's off the ground and should be humming soon!

We'll have our first online 'Shop' posting of the year Wednesday, February 10th at 10am PST. Since our recent posts have sold out in minutes, we're posting a very large inventory with production and shipping times taking up to six months - it's a big one!

We'll also be working on inventory to sell locally at our studio Sunday, May 1st - so if you're local to Seattle, please Save the Date and stay tuned! We'll announce the details when we get closer to the date.

Thank you all for your support this last year, and all the years before that! We are so incredibly grateful, and we're excited to be getting back to it!

All our best,

Patrick & Caryn

Happy Holidays!

While we're busy filling past orders, we're also planning a couple of upcoming events to celebrate the season... 

You can find us at the Book Larder in Fremont next Saturday, November 28th, 11am - 2pm along side a small group of local businesses and authors for Small Business Saturday. 

We'll also open up our studio the following Saturday, December 5th (changed to December 19th). Hope you can join us for some light refreshments and demos from 11:00am to 6:00pm. 

Hope you're all enjoying the season and staying warm!

Cheers,

Patrick & Caryn

A short history and what's next.

Some of you know us, and some of you are new to our business, so a little history or recap seemed in order...

It's been almost three years since the pan idea was born. It happened when Patrick came home with a pot rack for our apartment, and while hanging up the pans he came across an old crepe pan of mine. "This is just carbon steel...I can make this." became, what is now, our little hand-forged pan business.

Over the months the idea took on a life of it's own. We made the logo, the website, print materials... We hit the ground running in March of 2013 at the Ballard Farmer's Market. We had no idea what to expect, and the response was wonderful! We developed the product and the business little by little as only a couple of art majors could, with a lot of intention.

Forging and finishing the pans requires a lot of skilled craftsmanship, and it's an extremely labor intensive process. We don't make them one by one, and we can't make them by the thousands - we make very small batches of about 25 pans per week, while also managing the day-to-day operations of a small business.

Cook's Illustrated listed us as manufacturers, but it's probably easier to think of us as makers - a bit of a buzzword lately, and we don't really mind it. It's hard to describe what we do sometimes - even to ourselves. We're figuring it out as we go, but behind it all is a desire and commitment to make beautiful things that are more than the sum of their parts.

We've experienced a huge increase in demand since the article came out, and we're doing what we can within some tight limitations. Thank you all for bearing with us - it's been an amazing year, and it's been really wonderful to read everyone's emails and comments - they mean so much!

Our last online store posting for 2015 is Wednesday, October 7th - we'll post again in February 2016. We'll also have some pans available at our annual Holiday Open Studio in December - so if you're local, stay tuned!

Thank you!

Patrick & Caryn

Thank you all for another sold out shop!

Everything happened so fast yesterday - we sold out in record time...again!! All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you haven't already heard, a review of our 13" Fry pan in Cook's Illustrated magazine has introduced us to about a million people who love to cook!

The bad news is, we're all sold out all the time. The good news is, it looks like we will be making pans for a very, very long time - thank you!

This last posting was huge! So we're working nonstop to get the pans made and orders out, as well as making a ton of parts for the next store update so that we can make it another big posting.

 

Our next store update is:

Sunday, September 6th at 10:00am PDT

 

If you'd like to receive a store reminder, you can sign up here and we'll email you a heads up the day before we post.

And if you were on the store page yesterday, you saw how quickly everything sold out - most of the inventory was gone by 10:05am. It's still hard to believe! This hectic pace could continue through the holidays, so if you'd like to check back in the Spring, things should be much less frenzied by then.

For now, we will continue to make as many pans as we possibly can and post new updates to the online store every 2-3 weeks. We're also starting to get some help with production as well as the communication end of things, so we hope things will get a little easier.

Thank you all so much!

Patrick & Caryn

Hooray! Uh oh...

You might already know there's a review of our 13" Fry pan in the Sept/Oct issue of Cook's Illustrated...hooray! And they liked it...hooray! We're really blown away by the response - thank you!

And on to the 'uh oh'... We're a couple of artists/craftsmen making small batch pans, as well as handling all the day to day operations of a studio and small business. We're currently experiencing an extremely high volume of orders, phone calls and emails, which is why we're unable to process orders over the phone - the online store helps us streamline the ordering process immensely!

A few notes about the online store:

We had over 350 people on the website placing orders when the weekly post went live, and we sold out of a large batch of pans very quickly - it was unbelievable! So we will be introducing a backorder option of 100 - 13" fry pans with a processing time of 12 weeks next Wednesday on top of our weekly post.

Also, a note about the shopping cart and why an item in your cart might not be there when you check out: our website is a Squarespace template and the shopping cart is how they set it up - below is an excerpt from the Squarespace Commerce FAQ page regarding the issue:

When will a product be removed from inventory?
A product's stock level will reduce when a customer checks out. This means that if you have one product left in stock but two customers added it to their carts, the product will be sold to whoever completes checkout first.

So just know that you'll want to check out quickly!

We're working through a backlog of phone calls and emails, but we're also making pans and processing a ton of orders - so it may take us some time to get back to you, but we will, and thank you so much for bearing with us!

Sincerely,

Patrick & Caryn

 

We'll be in San Francisco July 18 & 19th!

Looking forward to another Renegade Craft Fair! Hope you can stop by if you're in the neighborhood! Click here for all the details.

It's a road trip plus a bit of a vacation for us, so we'll be out of town the last 3 weeks of July - see you back in Ballard Sunday, August 2nd.

If you'd like to get in an order before we go, the last day to place an online order is Wednesday, July 8th.

Thank you all so much - we're at the halfway point of an amazing year and we're so very grateful for all of your support. Hope you're enjoying a wonderful summer!

Cheers,

Patrick & Caryn

A project and a note about Sunday hours...

My nephew had a school assignment - write about something you're passionate about...couldn't have been more proud that he chose blacksmithing! For the project, he made an iron & brass pie server, incorporating some simple forging techniques: hammering, twisting, lay-out, and riveting - go team!

Wanted to share his project and invite you by the studio - we'll have Open Studio Hours, Sundays 1-4pm starting this weekend - hope to see you!

Happy Mother's Day!

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We'll be at the Ballard Farmer's Market for Mother's Day this Sunday, May 10th! If you haven't been to the market lately, it's definitely worth a trip - buckets of beautiful flowers, spring produce, music and much more! We're finishing up some salt bowl sets and steel blackboards this week to bring along with us, and we'll post some to the online store as well.

This will be our last weekend at the market for a while, but starting in June, we're switching our Open Studio hours to Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there or here - or both!

Cheers,

Blu Skillet

Done! And our first store update for 2015!

 

The salt bowl sets were the last of the IOUs shipped out today - hammered away on them while we made the pans, and they're lovely! I never get tired of seeing them go through the heat treatment which gives them their rich color. When I'm done hammering and peening, they're polished until they look like a brand new penny. We gently heat them until they achieve this magenta color before applying the linseed/beeswax mix - then they drop back down to a really rich, deep copper color. I love seeing it happen - the picture doesn't do it justice, but you can see the transformation.

Point is, that's the last of it and we're finally ready to post an online store update!

Our next store update will be:

Sunday, February 22nd - 10:00am Pacific Standard Time

It will take up to two weeks to ship out the packages. We're increasing shipping times in general, because as we're packing up the pans, we'll be making more pans for the next store posting, which we will try to do every couple of weeks.

We're also setting aside a percentage of pans to sell locally. Inventory is spotty, so if there's a particular size/shape you're looking for, please contact us and we'll let you know if we have it in stock or when we'll have it available.

Thank you all for your patience, kindness and interest, we're incredibly grateful for it!

Cheers,

Patrick & Caryn

One last day at the market...

We'll be at the Ballard Farmer's Market Sunday, December 21st, from 10am to 3pm. We have as many pans as we could make, and we'll have the IOU gifts too - hope to see you there!

This will be our last day for 2014 - we're off to enjoy a couple of weeks of some much needed R&R. We'll get back to it January 5th, and get those IOU orders out just as quick as we can!

Thank you all so much for everything, it's been an amazing couple of months. We're so very grateful for the orders, the kind words, and all the well wishes!

Thanks again, and have a wonderful holiday!

Patrick & Caryn

Holiday Open Studio...

Tomorrow! Saturday, December 13th - 11:00am to 6:00pm  ~ Hope you can join us for the Ballard Metal Arts Holiday Open Studio!

We've got some guest artists, and the rest of the folks in the building will have their doors open too. Patrick will doing some blacksmithing demos, and you can enter to win a 9" Fry Pan! We'll have a limited number of pans and the IOUs available as well. It's the same night as the Ballard Artwalk, so a great day to be in Ballard!

Happy holidays,

Blu Skillet

IOU pan gifts are now available!

Special for the holidays! An IOU gift package to give as a placeholder until we can make the pan(s). It's not the actual pan, but it's a lovely little thing to open up on Christmas morning and have as a keepsake until the pan arrives.

Each order comes with a magnet and a gift card, saying we're forging a (blank) - whatever your order is, and that it'll be ready as soon as possible.

Orders will be processed over the next 3 months, and will be shipped or available for pick up in 4 - 12 weeks. If you want to pick your order up at the studio, just type 'pickup' into the promo code and the shipping charges will be waived.

We're still busy making pans, but it's getting down to the wire - we'll continue to keep you posted!

Happy holidays,

Blu Skillet Ironware