About us

About Us

Our Name

Ed Racicot founded Vermont Art Sinks in the basement of an old Victorian apartment house that he owned (read more about this in an article written by a local paper).  Since that time we have grown, moving several times.  In the spring of 2010 we moved our whole lives (business and all) to the greater Asheville area of Western North Carolina. While it was a difficult decision to leave Vermont, the long cold winters had gotten to us and it was time to enjoy some of the better weather offered in this area (NC) of the country. With that said, in April of 2012 we began the process of migrating our business name from Vermont Art Sinks to E.C Racicot - Art Sinks.  Since we are no longer in Vermont, we are now making all products in the South Western part of North Carolina (Asheville) this makes sense.   In the next few months we will begin updating all the pages on this site with the new name.  Until then, you will see Vermont Art Sinks and E. C. Racicot Art Sinks used interchangeably.

The Process


Rustic Bathroom SinkArtist E. C. Racicot makes each art sink using a unique blend of clays that he developed for both  strength and durability. He then throws each stoneware pottery sink by hand on the Potter’s Wheel. While forming the ceramic sink, Ed makes sure the shape is both functional and pleasing to the eye, while also taking exacting pains to ensure drain holes will match pluming fixtures once the vessels have shrunk (a normal part of both the drying and firing process) to their final size.

Once he has crafted the ceramic sink on the Potter’s Wheel, the sinks are put
aside to dry to a state called ‘leather hard’. Depending on humidity, it takes about
three days to achieve this state. Once leather hard, another day is spent trimming
the stoneware pottery sinks. It is here that Ed puts the final touches on the piece to
perfect the shape. This is also the last opportunity to affect the pliable clay.

Trimmed, the ceramic sinks are then left to slowly dry, for up to three weeks. When bone dry (no longer cool to the touch), the pottery sinks are again placed on the Potter’s Wheel where they artfully receive their glazes (colors). To glaze the ceramic sinks, Ed Racicot uses a technique that he learned from a fellow potter (George Scatchard). This glazing technique requires a great deal of skill since glazes are applied while the bathroom sink is spinning on the wheel, using a brush and an applicator. This method demands an exact application and can take many years to perfect. It is one of the reasons that Ed’s work shows unique depth, and striping, and why he is able to once fire his work (no bisque firing). Skipping this bisque firing saves about 70% of the energy used in a glaze fire.

After glazes are applied, another day is spent drying the stoneware pottery sinks. When dry, the art sink then goes into the kiln, where it fires to over 2200 degrees. This firing takes place over a period of 18 hours. A slow firing time enhances the colors on the ceramic sinks as well as adds to their durability and hardness. A well balanced clay body, slow firing and slow cooling all add to the excellent thermal shock properties of Ed Racicot’s clay body (thermal shock resistance is what keeps the ceramic sink from breaking as you go from cold water to boiling hot or vice versa allowing it to expand and contract with the glaze as one). In each kiln load there are usually about three unique bathroom sinks as well as a few accessories and some glaze tests. Fully fired, the kiln and its load of stoneware sinks has to cool.

Cooling

the kiln takes about 15 hours. Then E.C. Racicot's Art Sinks are then ready to receive their drains.

Hand Painted Sink
This sink is not only green in color, but also 
'green' in how it was made.  All of our sinks are made from 33% recycled clay.
E.C. Racicot Art Sinks practices many earth friendly procedures.  Recycling our clay scraps into new throwing clay is just one of the many ways we are doing our part to keep the planet green.
Stoneware Vessels

Artist, E.C. Racicot, starts with his own unique blend of stoneware clays to make each pottery sink by hand on the potters' wheel. Because the sinks are made of ceramic stoneware, each is extremely durable, comparable to the china sinks found in most bathrooms. Quality is paramount in both our Stoneware sinks and vanities. All our bathroom sinks are guaranteed to be compatible with standard US plumbing. All of our work carries a full three year warranty against manufacturing defects.

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Packing and Shipping Materials


E.C. Racicot Art Sinks uses recycled rigid foams to pack the ceramic sinks (and accessories) we send out to our customers. We use this already used polystyrene, because it provides excellent protection from breakage for our product. And, by using a recycled packaging material, we do not create demand for new disposable packaging materials.
For our cardboard boxes, we use a combination of new and used products. Many of the boxes we use have been used before (you may see names of the previous products inhabitants on the recycled box). While our primary goal is to make sure that your products arrive safely, without damage, we also try to cut down on the amount of virgin packing material we use.
As McDonald's Restaurant discovered late in the last century, the use of polystyrene foam products is an excellent, efficient way to package materials, but back then they carried a horrible ecological crutch with them. A lot has changed in 20+ years, and we are now able to recycle this once non-recyclable product. Do try to recycle packaging materials that you get from us. Think about its possible uses before you throw it away. Contact your local recycling center to see what can be recycled in your geographic area.
The more uses we can get from a product, once it has already been made, cuts down on its initial environmental footprint.

Ed Racicot founder and artist of Vermont Art Sinks.About the Artist

Edward Weston wrote “ I would say to any artist – don’t be repressed in your work – dare to experiment, consider any urge – if in a new direction – all the better! Our time is becoming more and more bound by logic, absolute rationalism! This is a strait jacket – it is the boredom – narrowness which rises directly from mediocre mass thinking! The great scientist dares to differ from accepted facts – let the artist do likewise.”

It is from this quote that Ed Racicot draws his inspiration and formed his views on working as an artist. Daring to be different, Ed’s goal is not to make as much art as possible, but instead to create a few finely made examples of art that please him. If these pieces are appealing to you, then all the better.

Graduating with Honors in Art, and winning an Art scholarship in high school, Ed graduated with his BA (Magna Cum Laude) from Johnson State College. He also holds an AS in Business Management.

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