Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thank You!

I'm a bit slow getting back to the blog after a few hectic weeks. I've been working some more, getting a few pots made for Christmas and realized I hadn't said thank you! Thanks much for coming to see me at the boutique and my open house! I really appreciate your support. I love making pots and I'm glad you love using them. It's fun to see who chooses what. As much as I want to I can't keep them all so I'm happy they can be put to good use by you. Know that each pot is made with love (is that too sappy?). Hopefully you all are enjoy this wonderful holiday season!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Butter!





I saw a post about butter dishes by a potter named Keith Phillips. They were amazing. I thought I'd give them a try. I like how mine turned out but I don't think I'll make them on a regular basis. I also made a tray like the base of the butter dish. These are going to be fun to use.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The fun continues




A few more bowls and vases that I'm pretty happy with. It has been so great to spend so much time in the studio this month. I've done my best to keep my days free so I could work. I don't anticipate having this much time each month but it sure has been nice!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hello Fall!


A few more flower platters to help me remember how much I love the warmth of summer!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Just can't get enough

I know where all my spare time will be going during November. December is coming & with it the hustle and bustle that I so enjoy. But the hustle and bustle means less time in the studio so that means as much time in there now as possible. What a lucky gal I am!



Monday, November 1, 2010

Can you believe it?



Happy day for me when I opened the kiln and took these out! Not only did my new glazes work but I also (and more importantly) like them. I'm loving the texture on the pots. I need to spend more time in the studio. So off I go.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's finished!

This post has nothing really to do with pottery and everything to do with the backyard. And since the backyard plays such a large role in my life I think I'm going to spend some time talking about it. At the beginning of the summer (actually it was still spring and felt a little like winter) we decided to embark on a new project. I have to admit there was a bit of reluctance on the part of the builders but I managed to beg, plead, cry and guilt them into working on this little piece of heaven.
Brian wanted to plant some grapes and grapes need support so naturally we needed to build an arbor with a swing and benches to support those grapes, right? Now when I say we I need to clarify that Brian did not want to be the builder - couldn't someone else do it? Of course and wouldn't the best person to hire be one of my talented brothers? Obviously the answer was yes! Kevin was the MAN! I had an idea of what we wanted and so we got started. The foundation was dug and cement poured in some choice spring weather - I can't remember ever being that wet and muddy. I have to state that I was very helpful digging holes and mixing cement. Then came the shopping (I was helpful there too) and the actual construction (I wasn't so helpful there).
Plans changed because wouldn't it be better if we did this instead of that? Poor Kevin, poor Brian. The redesign added a bit of stress but so worth it! Since we were kind of making it up as we went Brian ended up building more than he initially wanted but he sure looked like he enjoyed doing it so I didn't feel too bad. Kevin, perfectionist that he is, I think liked having someone else to share the stress with. Anyway they worked hard. Kevin put in a lot of hours and yeah! It was built in time for summer parties!
Summer, as you know, is hot and busy. Who wants to stain an arbor in the heat? Not any of us that's for sure. Besides it was time to play too. Finally school started, the weather cooled down and the pressure of fall/winter came. Kevin came again to stain. I finished the staining. Brian finished the last bit of securing the top slats and hallelujah it's finished! It looks beautiful! It's a fabulous addition to the backyard. Nice job Kevin and Brian!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Greedy




This red crock is one of the few things that I've made specifically for myself. I made a few crocks and glazed them all different colors. When the small red crock came out of the kiln I knew that I would be keeping two, not one like I had planned. The bowl I'm not keeping but I sure do love that color!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Progress

There are so many different styles of pottery it's hard for me to figure out what I like looking at and what I like making. I have a few pottery blogs that I look at regularly along with a bunch I stalk occasionally. It's astounding to see how talented so many people are. When I find some work that I especially enjoy I copy it a bit to see how it fits in with what I want to do. The past 2 days I've been working on some bowls & a vase that are my first experiments with another artists' work. I'm pretty excited with how they look so far.






Glazing will be a bit tricky for me since I seem to run out of interest when it's time to glaze. However I'm going to do my best to take my time and enjoy glazing these. I'll post the finished product in a few weeks!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Summer's End

So my good intentions the other day got thrown out the window. My friend called and wanted to go on a bike ride. How could I say no when it was such a beautiful warm sunny day and who knows how many opportunities like that am I going to get over the next 8 months. I must admit one of my big distractions with throwing this summer has been my outdoor activities. There is only so much time in a day and only so many days in the summer. It's best to be out as much as possible. But I have not been a complete pottery slacker. I have been doing a little work. Not much but more than nothing.



Cereal bowls and cups. Now that my warm sunny days are numbered, soon to be replaced by chilly winter days it's time to start stocking up on containers that hold body warming goodies - hot oatmeal, hot soups, hot beverages. Next week will be fallish and rainy. I think I'll start filling my containers with all those hot yummies now.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Remember Me?


Hi all. No I haven't disappeared from off the face of the earth. I've been busy, just like you. But now that the girls are back in school and my vacations are over I should have a couple uninterrupted hours a week to spend in the studio. Doesn't that sound divine? I thought I'd real quick show you my new business cards and then go get to work. Of course since it's been so long since I've posted anything my real quick has turned into awhile and cut in to my studio time. Good thing I have a lot of patience. (That should have made a couple of you laugh, maybe just Brian). Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Red, Blue, Brown & Multitasking


I finished my mugs awhile ago & did not get around to showing them to you. Sorry. It turns out that I'm not a very good blogger. My mind is usually going in a thousand different directions and I forget what I was planning on doing while I do 20 other things.


I used to think I was a good multitasker but I guess that is only true for some of my tasks. Other tasks require my complete attention.


You can tell by the glazing which mugs had my full attention and which ones were being multitasked.


In the process of multitasking and forgetting about the blog I sold a third of my mugs before taking after pictures. Maybe I'll be better with my next assignment.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Work in Progress

One of the pottery blogs I read gave out an assignment which I was anxious to try. It's nice to have a little push every now and again to try new things. The assignment was to make 12-50 of the same pot (mug, bowl, vase, etc.) but have each one of them different than the others.





I loved doing this! So fun to try. I found that I need to do this again. Now these mugs are not finished, they're not even all the way dry. Some mugs I love, others I like and some I'd be happy to throw away - but I'm not going to. I'm going to fire all of these and then experiment with glazes. I almost don't want to do anything with them, I love having them on the counter looking at me. They feel so hopeful to me.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Summer or Fall Flowers





When I choose glazes I tend to gravitate towards darker colors. These platters are largish (12" diameter). I enjoy the textures on them and the variety of colors. Again, they don't feel springy to me, only fall/winter. I'm going to have to do something about that. Well not about these platters in particular but about brightening up my glaze choices. Sounds like it's time to do a little shopping.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Cloudy Bowls


Now these bowls really aren't cloudy at all. They just feel cloudy to me. I like the grey/blue color but it reminds me of winter not spring. Have I mentioned that I am ready for spring? Soon I'll be outside digging in the dirt, bemoaning the fact that I didn't properly care for my flower beds last fall. I look out my front door at my pretty little purple crocus trying their very best to outshine the bountiful green weeds all around them and think of sun and heat. Soon, very soon it will be sunny all the time and I bet then when my eyes are tired to the brightness I'll really appreciate my cloudy bowls.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Iron Lustre



Continuing with my food thoughts from last post, I want bright red apples in this bowl.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Faceted Bowls


I made some bowls to match my faceted mugs. I think these would be great for soup. Again, I'm feeling cold so hot soup is on my mind. I can't tell you how often I look at my pots and wonder what would taste good in them. I promise I'm not hungry each time I write a post but I do love to think about what would taste and look yummy in each pot. I'm thinking the orange of potato cheese soup or the dark red of chili would look nice next to the blue/green of these bowls. What do you think?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Where does the time go?

A new blog post was on my list of things that I was definitely going to accomplish today. I don't know about you but I always have a few lists going on. A new blog post has been on many of those lists but never the definitely going to do list. It's hung out on my "if I have time today" list and the "it would be nice to do this" list and even on the "oh my word it's been a long time since that has been done" list. Eventually most things make it to the "definitely going to accomplish today" list, even if those things haven't been taking up space on my other lists for very long. For example, when I thought about my definitely going to do things today, I threw in clean some windows even though that was not on any of my lists, just a mild disturbance in my head when I tried to look out said windows. So yeah for me and my lists! And especially yeah for these cups!

It's a bit chillier than I'd like right now so having some hot chocolate in a cup that feels so nice in my hands has made it on my definitely going to accomplish today list. Hot choc just might be on that list every day this week!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Red



I have a new red glaze that I LOVE! I've only tried it out on handbuilt pieces. I'll see what I think of it on some wheelthrown work later. My new year's resolution for the studio is to photograph my work in more favorable conditions. It's difficult for you to see what I see because of bad lighting and background. So there it is - a goal published in a public forum. I'll surely keep it now!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Here comes the Sun(flower)


Winter is just barely here and I'm thinking about sunflowers. Great big bright sunflowers. Brian planted a bunch 2 years ago and they wanted to take over the garden this summer. It was so fun to have them popping up all over the place. The birds and bees loved them. The kids loved them. I loved them. When I'm freezing cold - which I am often these days - I like to think warm thoughts. So here's a little reminder that even though winter has just gotten started, summer will make an appearance again.