Ramona and her husband Terry first combined their names into the anagram ‘terramonary’ as an expression of their mutual love. Shortly after that, they recognized the potential of the word as the name for her new pottery company.
The four elements—earth, fire, water, and air—each contribute uniquely to the making of pottery, the formation of vessels that define the border between the potential containment of substance and empty space. Without any single element, the artist cannot complete the process.
“My ceramic work is an expression of the joy and happiness my life is blessed with. It is a reflection and manifestation of my experiences in Nature, my encounters with the elements: earth, fire, water and air. Each pot represents one moment’s possibility on the way from formless to useful.”
– Ramona Clayton
About Ramona Clayton
Ramona Clayton has been making pottery since 1990 when she started working on her friend’s wheel at her farm in Germany. Since returning to CA in 2004, she has worked with stoneware and porcelain and since 2008, works exclusively with porcelain.
Every piece of terramonary pottery is handcrafted individually from ball of clay to kiln, with attention to form and detail . Each pot is wheel thrown, glazed and fired to Δ10, using our own glaze recipes and original designs to ensure one-of-a-kind quality. We feature porcelain functional and decorative pieces. Our original handcrafted work is food, oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Strong and long lasting, these pieces are intended for daily use.
About Terry Row
Terry Row is the award-winning author of Summer Capricorn (2006), Untarnished Reputation (2009), which received an Honorable Mention in the Genre Category at the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival and took the top prize in the Western Category at the National Indie Excellence Awards of 2010, and Phyllis Marie (2011), which won an NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Best Book in the Category of Fiction, Spring of 2011. His newest book, Three Movements for Six Hands, an historical novel about the composers and pianists Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann, came out in May of 2015 and has received Honorable Mentions from the Paris Book Festival and the New York Book Festival.
In addition to his work as a novelist, he teaches writing and edits manuscripts for other novelists. He lives in northern Santa Barbara County with his wife, ceramic artist Ramona Clayton and manages Retail Sales for her pottery business, terramonary porcelain dinnerware. He remains a lifelong avocationist, pursuing independent studies in writing, literature, poetry, music, history, cinema, photography, travel, eclipse-chasing, astronomy, chess and bird watching.