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Spruce Pine Potters Market Recap

Phew!  This past weekend I did the Spruce Pine Potters Market.  This is a great show.  The quality of the pots is really exceptional.  SPPM is run by the potters, so I work all year on a variety of committees.  My weekend was full of good conversation about my work, and pots in general. Here are a few shots of my booth.

This black and white box vase “City Scape” was a hit!  It sold Saturday morning.

John and I got some new display units from Ikea.  I think they are working out well.

I was really pleased with how my new work was received.  Thanks to all who came out!

On Wednesday I will be setting up for the Craft Fair of the Southern HighlandsJohn and I will be sharing a booth again- his work is on all the ads for this show this year!  It’s the last big retail show I’m doing this year, so come see me in Asheville if you can.

Thanks for reading.

Art Cellar opening

John and I had our opening at Art Cellar today. It was a huge success- the work was displayed beautifully and we had quite a crowd. Thanks to everyone who came out! The show will be up until August 25, so check it out if you get the chance.

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I loved the box vase “landscapes” displayed with flowers in them!

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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.

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I think that brings us up to date!