I spent the afternoon cleaning the shop. Things tend to get pretty messy before a firing, and I like to take time to put my tools away, clean the surfaces and generally reset the studio. Here are a couple shots. The final picture is of the hops growing outside my shop.
I got this lovely cup from Sequoia Miller in the mail today.
Welcome to my new and improved website! I just love it. Thanks Marisa!!
I’ve been thinking about keeping a blog for a while, as a tool to reflect on my process and my pots. Since the birth of our daughter my studio practice has changed quite a bit. I don’t work all day and into the evening anymore. I take longer breaks to spend time with Grae, make sure we have a decent meal or two, and take care of the long list of chores that come with life with a baby. In the studio my time has become more focused. I don’t hesitate when I get down to the shop- I just start making. Knowing I only have 3 hour stretches to work makes me use that time as efficiently as possible.
I am trying to make more deliberate, slower pots- trying to really focus on each one, rather then just throwing a bunch of pots to fill the kiln. As a result I am only going to fire my kiln three times this year (in the past I have always fired 5x/year. Last year I only fired twice, but I was pregnant). I hope the result will be better pots!
So here we are at the end of July. I fired my kiln on the 12th– firing XXI! It was a good firing with new pots, new decorations, and I am excited about what I’m making. John and I just got done showing at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. It was a great show- John being the poster boy for the show didn’t hurt!
Today I went to Asheville to have Tim Barnwell take some images of my work- I’ll post them next week.
I think that brings us up to date!
Before the Studio Tour (which was a big success- thanks to all that came out to see us!) I made a whole bunch of plates, cups and mugs which have been sitting under plastic over the weekend.
I heard the phrase “chasing plastic” from my neighbor potter Michael Kline years ago, and I love it- it accurately describes where we so often find ourselves. This week has begun with lots of trimming and handle pulling. I finished trimming my plates, and yunomis, and pulled handles for my mugs today.
Now it’s back to the wheel to throw some more.
We have been super busy readying the showroom for the Toe River Arts Council Studio Tour this weekend (June 8, 9, and 10th). My lovely apprentice Molly and I cleaned each piece of pottery and glass, swept the floors, cleaned the tables for packing, and got the place looking spiffy for visitors! This weekend we’ll have Dana Fehsenfeld of Chomp Industries as our guest artist- she makes awesome hand printed textiles that we love. Read more