Sunday, December 20, 2009

Appetizers or Desserts

My mom and I were discussing pottery and she suggested I make some relish trays with separate compartments. I thought about it and then saw a video clip of a potter making an appetizer tray and decided to try doing some myself. They were so fun to do!

The glaze turned out awesome. It is gratifying to have something work how you want it to. Many times what you want is not what you get. A lot of those times you get something better.

I am ready to start filling these up with all kinds of Christmas goodies!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Flower Girls

This hand built flower shaped bowl is a quick and easy project for anyone, especially for those who have not played with clay before. A group of 15 12-13 year old girls and their 2 leaders came over for a night of fun.

They did a great job and left with some pretty nice bowls. It was fun to see how different the bowls turned out.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pasta anyone?

Harvest is over. I have some yummy spaghetti sauce in the pantry, complements of my heirloom brandywines, silvery furs and romas.
When draining all that water off my pasta in preparation for saucing it up these colanders/strainers come in quite handy. One day when I feel particularly ambitious I'm going to make homemade egg noodles, drain them in my homemade colander and serve them with my homemade sauce. Right now I feel that 2 out of 3 is ambitious enough. I guess if I'm looking for bonus super mom points I'll serve the pasta in some homemade bowls.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Edgey Mugs

I tried out a new technique I read about in Pottery Making Illustrated. The potter who wrote about it has some pretty incredible looking work. I've a long way to go for that but I do like these mugs with edges. They remind me of the Mad Hatter.

I've mentioned before that my handles have been needing some attention. I'm happy with the attention these have received. Handles are starting to make sense to me. Happy day!

Friday, September 18, 2009


It seems that we are hungry here. We are in desperate need of chips and salsa.

Brian has discovered the joys of tomatoes. Well, not really. He is not too fond of the red fruit and was very supportive of me when I planted 20 tomato plants this spring. He even figured out and put together a watering system for all those plants.

Now that we've had many tomatoes ripen and I've made spaghetti sauce, Brian has become a salsa maker. He's made a few batches and bottled some for later.

Now it's chips and salsa around here all the time.

Good thing we have something to put it in!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's muggy inside

More mugs. Can you believe it? I don't know what has possessed me but I just want to make mugs. I think it's that I'm starting to feel more comfortable with handles. Handles are tricky for me. I know it's my lack of experience with them - so I am doing my best to remedy that.

Who knows. Maybe by Christmas I'll have so many mugs that I'll have to think of a cutesy saying and give them out as neighbor gifts. Or better yet, you could do that! I've packaged up a few with canisters of cocoa to sell at a boutique. We'll see how they go over. Right now though I need to run out to the studio and make some more.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My New Favorites

I saved the best for last! In this last firing I had some mugs that just sang to me. They won't sing to everyone and that's just fine. That is one of the great things about pottery and life in general I guess. We all have different likes and dislikes. These mugs are one of my new favorite things. Let me list some of the things I like about them: the glaze - such a great variation of colors from top to bottom, the stamps along the bottom edge and on the handles, the weight of the mugs in my hand and especially how they feel. I think I'll just go hold them again.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Or not?

Or would the salsa look better in here? Because it'll taste just as good. Maybe I should mention that I'm the bowl maker and Brian is the salsa maker. It's good to have well defined jobs.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Harvest has begun. The first batch of salsa, fresh from the garden, was made. It was a hit! I think the salsa deserves a new dish. How about this one?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Restful Spoons

Isn't that what we all need? Spoons at rest? Spoons, spatulas, ladles, all useful cooking implements for that matter, resting in a lovely piece of pottery while you're busy taking care of the business of food. Not only resting, but keeping your counters and stovetops clean in the process. And when the rest is over and the drips are all that's left at rest, throw it in the dishwasher with the cooking implements and take a rest yourself. You've earned it!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mugs of Oatmeal

Practice, practice, practice. That's what it takes to make a great pot. I'm not quite there, but I'm sure enjoying the process. This glaze is called oatmeal. It's a creamy white with little brown specks. Sometime those specks accumulate into one big glob and they aren't little specks anymore. And sometimes that is just fine!

I've been playing with stamps lately. Boy, do I love stamps!

Lots of decoration is not for me. I tend to get carried away but most of the time less really is more.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Where does the time go?

No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth. Yes, I am enjoying my crazy summer. Crazy meaning so much going on, not meaning insane. I am finding a little time to work in the studio but it's harder to carve out that time than I thought it would be. My kiln is cooling down from a bisque firing right now. I should be able to start glazing some things on Thursday. Who knows, I may even have some things I want to show you by next week!

I do have to say I ran up to the Capitol Gift shop for a minute yesterday and it was a bit surreal to see my pottery hanging out on the shelves and in the window. I didn't have my camera with me so I've no pics to offer of proof, but believe me, my pots are there. So exciting! Thanks much to Allyson Gamble for taking a chance with me. It's good to have friends!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bee Back

So maybe our once in a lifetime experience was really a once a month occurance.
This time our neighbor came over to let us know that one of his hives divided and swarmed to one of our trees. Instead of cutting the branch off the tree, this time he brushed the bees into a cardboard box and put the box on top of a new hive box. He did this a few times until the queen was in the box. Again those bees had no interest in anything other than there queen. It was fun to watch this again. Now there are 3 hives behind our back fence. I have been assured this won't happen again but I bet it will! I'll let you know how much our garden produces this year.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Guess What - More Blue Pots!

These bowls are shallow and nest together. Yea for storage and stacking.

Cups. I have loved drinking out of these cups. I'm more of a cup gal than a mug gal. I love to hold the cup and feel a lot of the surface instead of holding a handle on a mug. I am going to make some more of these cups and put handles on them, just in case others feel differently about handles. I guess really hot beverages need a handle.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Blue Period Continues

More blue pots. Can you believe it? I can't get enough of this glaze. I'm sure I'll feel differently after another firing or two so be patient. More colors will eventually make it on to my pots. Ruffle bowls and mugs. The bowls have been so fun for salads at the beginning of the backyard barbeque season. They have also been lovely for strawberries. The blue and red look great together.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bee Gone

Our beekeeping neighbor called his beekeeping friend and they rushed over
to see if they could keep some more bees.

They sprayed them with some sugar water and then cut a branch.
Some of the bees fell to the ground, stunned.

They woke up quickly and took to the sky.

A few branches were cut and the bees were put in a box/hive where they
can live in peace (and away from my garage door) and make lots of honey.

I have no idea how many bees live in a hive. I'm guessing thousands.

Now our beekeeping neighbor has two hives and we will enjoy a beautiful yard and plentiful harvest as those hard working honeybees do their pollinating job.
What an extraordinary day for us!

What does this have to do with pottery? Good question. Studio users will be able to walk to the studio door without fear of being stung as they go past the tree in the driveway. How about that?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bees in Trees

These bees have taken up residence in my tree! I don't know how long they will be there before the queen decides to move on. It was a bit nerve wracking to see them all buzzing around the tree but they seem to be totally intent on sticking to the tree area and not interested in stinging anyone. Hopefully we'll be able to find a beekeeper to come get them before they fly away!