Greetings


HAPPY HANUKKAH FROM DEC 12-20!

HAPPY SOLSTICE DEC 21!

MERRY CHRISTMAS DEC 25!

HAPPY KWANZAA DEC 26- JAN 1!

HAPPY NEW YEAR JAN 1, 2018!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ready, set, go...

Let's see, make 4 mugs today...not a big goal, but should take my 3 hours of  open studio time.

 

Throw the cylinders on bats, set aside to firm up to leather hard. (Some days this takes over night)


Pull some handles, usually a couple of extras, and set them aside to firm up (but not become leather hard.)

Trim the bottoms of the mugs, (usually a next day job.)

Tomorrow, attach the handles. Note, if I have to wait over night I cover the handles with plastic so they stay flexible.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Grateful sales

I'm glad that i took this photo before the market started.  I sold four of the pots that are depicted here.  Yay me.  I'm so grateful that people in Black Mountain purchase pottery!  Yay them!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Last Tailgate market 2014

(Well, there's still the Holiday Market on Sat. Nov 22, 10-1...which will have many of the same vendors and be in the same place!)


Just so you don't slosh your drink while trying to admire your ladybug, there's an overhanging leaf that comes inside these mugs (and a few that go to the bottom as well!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A whole passel of pots

Early morning set up at Tailgate on Saturday.  This is the last Tailgate Market for 2014.

We do have one more sale on Sat. Nov 22, a holiday market...so it will have goodies for the Thanksgiving feasts, as well as gift buying opportunities!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Home showing

With the last Tailgate market this weekend, I'm readying my home for showing my pottery during winter months. Appointments can be made to come see my work and purchase it any day of the week.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Impressionistic glaze

Sometimes glazes surprise me (most of the time!)  This overlay of Raspberry on top of Floating Blue gave an impressionistic cast between the two, since they didn't bleed as they have in the past...but have little speckles happening.  I took these "mug-bowls" to the Tailgate Market last weekend and sold 2 of them.  Whoohoo!  Considering it was a beautiful day, we had very light turnout at the market.  We've only one more market, and I've got soooo many pots.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The last of the series

I may continue to make most things my friends request, but these are the last 2 toothbrush stands.  Period.  I just can't sell them for a compensation that meets the amount of time and work they take to make.

So of course these will go for peanuts!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A vase of a different shape

Four squooshed vases...which I think will take arrangements very nicely.  What do you think?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sugar & Creamer

OK, lots of folks don't use one or the other...but this is a traditional set which will grace someone's table for the holidays.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

I'm yarning for you

When a friend liked these multi-green bowls, she was so disappointed that they were yarn bowls.  She wanted cereal bowls.  Ah, time to go glaze some more cereal bowls like that!

But as a knitter, I have been so happy to have a yarn bowl to keep from chasing that ball of yarn all over the floor!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stacking them up

There are some new little things in the house.  They are always getting stepped around and upon by the two pawed critters who disdainfully live with clay and their owner (me).


But maybe soon there will be less of them (the Christmas ornaments, not the cats).

A couple of sales this weekend...the Tailgate at Black Mountain has just 2 more regular weeks.

And the St. James Episcopal Church arts & crafts sale...which I haven't seen advertised, so I hope the congregants show up at least!



Saturday, October 11, 2014

I Heart Mug

No, I didn't add an eye, nor a "U"...but it's definitely the style for saying that message.

And it's a different shape for me as well!  Most of my mugs are tall and thin, so this is for the drink-lovers who like a more open and squat shape.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Vase with autumn tree

Different decorative techniques, yesterday using the "Designer Liner" over glazes, and then some Maco Stroke and Coat also over a glaze, and the base glaze overpowered the Stoke and Coat...but the liner worked.  Today just Stroke and Coat glazes, over a lighter base glaze.

At least the Bermuda Green glaze (mix of Satin White with a mason stain) stays pretty much the same color.  I don't know why yesterday's glaze with Celadon came out looking so dark on the bottom half, while the Bermuda Green is consistent on the top rim.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Just go to the studio

...or as Art Biz mom, Alyson Standfield said, "Just Show up," in that studio. (Her blog is here.) Whatever you then do, (or me as I always am telling myself this) is better than sitting at the computer, or gazing across the water at the clouds.  My creativity is in that studio, so I'd just better be there.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monarchs among us still


orry these aren't professional level photos...but you get the main impression.
The glaze was applied in a different fashion...the black a bit thicker than I would ordinarily, so it bubbled up.  I'm taking that as a design plus, rather than a flaw, don't ya think?