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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.


Up to Date…

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.

Grae is 1

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!

salad plates

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!

SHCG booth


Today I went to Asheville to have Tim Barnwell take some images of my work- I’ll post them next week.

barnwell studio

I think that brings us up to date!

Chasing Plastic

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.