I have been very busy the last few months with a trip to Italy being the highlight. This is our 30th Anniversary year and we had both wanted to visit for years. It was romantic and full of art and inspiration. It the coming months I hope to make some pieces inspired by pottery I saw there.
Early this winter our Brother in law the landscaper put in four walls, a patio, walkways, irrigation and sod. Then my husband and I put in over 80 bushes and trees and many flowers in the front and back of our house, and then put out 13 yards of mulch. I am telling you that it was tough but because it was in March the temperature wasn't too bad. It will be an ongoing project because I want to add more perennials throughout the summer and fall. My hope is that in a few years it will look great year round with very little work.
As always I have been in the studio most days. I have had orders for many existing gifts shops and a few new gift shops and galleries. The following have new work in their shops.
I will be setting up next week for the Treasures of the Earth show in Shelby at the Cleveland County Arts Council. The opening reception will be at 5:30 on February 16th. The yellow cookie jar will be there (the others are currently at Kress in Asheville). There will be a nice selection of nice home decor pieces as well as a good selection of functional pottery.
This year started out busier than I expected. Just yesterday I shipped out new orders to 3 galleries. The newest gallery is Coastal Magpie in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
This week I will take a few days to make a few pieces for myself. Since the move I have been thinking about making myself a new dinnerware set along with a new utensil holder, salt and pepper, olive oil, butter dish and a few other pieces.
In the last glaze load I tested a few new glazes. I look forward to doing some more experiments in the near future.
Some very exciting news. My blog has been chosen as one of 50 top pottery blogs this year. I have been blogging since 2009 at blogspot and moved it to this new website in March of last year. I was not sure that anyone was paying any attention to my ramblings so there haven't been as many posts lately. This year hopefully I can do better.
In December I took time off from the studio to concentrate on shipping out pottery gifts to many pottery lovers all over the country and spending time with my family. In January I started up again making pieces for the Earth and Fire show in Shelby that starts February 16th. Then last week I received two orders for gallerys. One new and one existing customer. So that's what I am working on this week.
Thanks to my husband, I now have a TV in my studio. This has made me start my days sooner because I am not waiting around for a guest on the morning shows before starting work.
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This past week has been full of glazing. My husband finished up my spray booth and with a few tweaks it has worked great. So I proceeded to glaze 3 loads over the past week. With the new elements the firings have been faster.
I have started using a few colors I used to work with again and there were some great surprises. Within the five orders I had 109 egg separators which was great for testing new combinations. There are a few new items which include garlic keepers, salt cellars and a new olive oil bottle. There were a few other fun pieces the will be either going to Kress II or be listed online over the next month.
Out of these firings included 6 gallery orders. New work will be going out to:
Seven Sisters - Black Mountain, NC
Don Drumm Studios - Akron, OH
Pura Vida - Jerome, AZ
Art on Broad - Augusta, GA
Sarahs Vineyard - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Kress II - Asheville, NC
Many things have happened since my last post in May. We decided to sell our home and move to Rock Hill (closer to my husbands job) So, in June we closed down my studio and put our home on the market. After getting our home ready to sell it only took a month to sell and another month to close on our new home.
So then the real work started as I immediately set up enough of the studio to start taking orders from galleries and so far have started filling 5 gallery orders. The electrician came and got my kiln up and running and my husband is in the process of building me a spray booth, putting up more lights and hooking up a utility sink. My hope is that he will finish the spray booth by next week and I can finish up the orders and other pieces I made for fun the last three weeks. Look for a video of my new studio once it's completely finished.
This Saturday I am supposed to have a booth at the CCM Pottery Festival. And I will be there if it's not raining. It's the only show I am doing this fall. On Sunday I will start putting new items up on my website for sale and will keep adding new items through the holidays.
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Today my husband and I drove up to Asheville to set up my space at the new Kress Emporium II. It is located at 27 Patton Ave. 2 doors down from the the original Kress. The store is smaller and the spaces are small but it has a great mix of artists. I just love downtown Asheville, it's so artsy and fun.
After we finished setup, I took my husband out to lunch for his birthday. He's such a trooper for spending the whole weekend at my job. (The CCM Pottery Festival was Saturday)
Last week I shipped out an order for the Village Craftsmen Gallery in Ocracoke Island, NC. Look out for my pots there soon. This week I need to make a few items to fill my kiln. I am thinking yarn bowls, mugs, and garlic graters.
Then I must finish getting things collected for our garage sale next Saturday. I am doing some major spring cleaning after 10 years in our house. There is so much STUFF collected over the years and because there is so much closet and storage space some closets are filled with stuff not used in years.
Last Saturday I had a booth at the CCM Pottery Festival. It was a beautiful day with many joyous shoppers.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching three 5th grade art classes at Smithfield Elementary on how to make a hanging wall vase. Each student had their own style with some very minimal texturing of the slabs and others went all out and stamped like crazy. I was amazed by some of the students that had an obvious artistic talent. I few days ago I received photos of the finished product. I hope the students enjoyed the day as much as I did.
The teacher Sarah Lindberg has my total respect as I watched her teach three first grade classes while I rolled out slabs each day, then she helped me with the 5th grade classes.
Last week I glazed pieces for three galleries. In addition I made a few pieces for my show stock. These three vases along with many other nice pieces will be taken to the Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Festival on May 14th.
Today I started an order from a new gallery on Ocracoke Island. At the end of May the Village Craftsmen will start to carry my pottery. They have ordered a great selection of my pieces. In a few weeks I will be glazing orders for 3 galleries. I am glad to be busy.
Next week I will be teaching a local fifth grade art class. I will be there 4 days for 4 different classes. So, in 50 minutes each class I have to teach a slab project on making a hanging wall vase. I will go in early to roll out slabs for the students. This was set up through our local pottery guild (Carolina Clay Matters) as a way of helping out local schools to teach clay to their students. What I found interesting is that every school in our district has a kiln and some don't even get used because the art teachers may not even know how to fire the kiln. Check back in a few weeks to hear about my experience.
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