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Pottery that strives to inspire

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Like most families, the Zilians are busy. So, they love when they have the chance to slow down and pick their lunch from the garden.

The experience continues inside with the vibrant colors of the harvest standing out on Farmhouse Pottery.

"We want to bring that quality of life to people who aren't that lucky to live that every day," Zoe Zilian said.

Zoe Zilian started Farmhouse Pottery three years ago. She sells everything to dress your table top, plus vases and a garden collection. All of the pottery has a distinctive two-tone milk paint look. Zoe, her husband, James, and another potter make every piece by hand in the Zilians' Woodstock home.

"To show off the beauty of the stoneware I intentionally only leave it two-toned. So, I only dip it halfway so you can appreciate the clay body," Zoe explained.

The pottery is made to stand up to the demands of life; each piece is dishwasher, oven and microwave-safe.

"Zoe's really interested in that handmade element, so not all the rims are perfect. The clay does what it does and it's not over controlled," James Zilian said.

The couple started selling at farmers markets seven years ago. In the past few years, the business has taken off. Farmhouse Pottery is getting national attention from magazines like House Beautiful. Williams and Sonoma and Martha Stewart want to feature the collection, but the Zilians make most of the pieces to order and want to keep it that way.

"It's not a factory, hundreds at a time. And if they break, oh well. It's a piece of art you're bringing to your home, taking the time to slow down appreciate the moment the food, cultivate your surroundings to live a better life," Zoe said.

The pottery ranges in price from $30 to $300. The Zilians won't discuss numbers, but say business is great. They also have an apothecary line, selling lotions and candles.

"Farmhouse Pottery is more a way of life, we strive to inspire," Zoe said.

A Made In Vermont business hoping people slow down and enjoy the moment.

You can find Farmhouse Pottery locally at places like the Woodstock Inn and Stowe Mountain Resort -- and also on the Farmhouse Pottery website -- www.farmhousepottery.com/ -- www.facebook.com/FarmhousePottery

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