Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Show(s)

I realize I didn't address very well how the show(s) went. I don't know how to answer that. In terms of selling, I sold enough to cover my costs - show fees, display supplies and had (or hope to have as soon as I get a check) a bit left over to go buy more clay with. In terms of having my work out there for the public to see, it went great because that was way out of my comfort zone. I was able to have my work displayed and I didn't have to be there to hear the good and bad reactions from people. There will be another show in December. That one kind of scares the pants off me because I'll have to be there for the whole thing. Now the pressure is on to produce some pots that I'm really happy with and feel as if they are good enough to sell.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Time to work

The shows are over. It was fun to see things I made and hear some good comments about them. I have a lot of work to do to get my pots where I want them to be. I have many pictures in my head that need to come out in clay. With an unlimited amount of time I will be able to make all those pictures a reality. Who has unlimited amounts of time? Not me. So it comes back to being patient again. Patience is a lesson I have to learn and relearn every single day. This pot/casserole has been thrown and is drying a bit. I'll trim it later today and fire it in a week or so, then I'll glaze it and fire it again. It's going to be 2 weeks before I can see the finished product. Good thing I'm working on being patient. (FYI this dish is 10" wide and 2 1/2" tall.)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sneak Peek

Here's a little sample of my display at the Simply Bliss Boutique. I'm pretty excited about how it turned out.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


My kiln is almost done cooling. I can take my work out in a couple hours. This waiting time is so nerve wracking! I'm always so excited! How will it look? Have I blown anything up? Did the glazes turn out ok? How many pieces am I going to love and how many are going in the trash? In anxious anticipation of opening the kiln and seeing how this firing went I need to post the reason for my anxiety. I'm going to show some work at the Simply Bliss Boutique (see above). That's almost worse than opening the kiln. How is it going to go? Is anyone going to like what I'm showing? Will anyone buy anything? Will anyone be a bigger critic than I am? It's been a long time since I've had to put myself out there. I'm not sure my skin is as thick as it once was.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

First Things First

How to begin? It's much easier to do than to explain. So let's just skip the years of planning and waiting and jump right to the end product - Backyard Mudslingers Pottery Studio. I expect to have great works to post about later. For now I have the beginnings of things; some good, some awful and lots in the middle. Small bowls and spoon rests are what I've started with. It's going to take a while to figure out what clays and glazes I like best. I guess that means I'll need to spend a lot of time in the studio - lucky me!