The weekend is upon me. Tonight was a great start to my three day annual Holiday Sale!
Here is a sampling of what you will find at the studio this weekend. Open Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4
Holiday shows are here, this weekend is Hosie and Sara’s… I’m all set for that one. Of course, as always I am just trying to fit a little more in for one more bisque firing by the end of the week! My Open Studio Holiday Sale is less than two weeks away, December 12, 13, 14!
Today the work table was very busy with making and attaching handles for batter bowls and brie bakers.
Oh the teacher in me…
My students always find lids the hardest thing to do, so I made a quick 6 minute video on how to make a simple lid with a flange.
Check it out here.
It seems that the past year or so I have been photographing my work mainly for etsy and my facebook page which tends to be in an informal setting. I like to photo my work in this way for two reasons… one, because I love working with natural light in my photography… two, because it allows the viewer to see it in a way that is real to them, rather than a pot sitting on a white/grey/black background. There comes a time though when you need some new work formally photographed for shows, so this morning was that time.
One of my most favorite things to do when I am not making pots is to spend time in the garden. Today was a cold November day, the time to put straw over the garden beds, tend to the lettuce and spinach in the cold frames and greenhouse, and pick the tail end of the kale, leeks, brussel sprouts and carrots. Then just sit and watch the chickens… I can’t think of a better way to spend my Sunday away from the studio!
How does November slip in there so quickly? November has always been one of my favorite months of the year. I love the leaves beneath my feet and that sweet fragrance that emanates from them into the air with each step I take. I love Thanksgiving and the family gathering. Ahh… the family gathering, so special, and even more so as my birthday, or one of my two sisters birthdays inevitably seems to fall on Thanksgiving. Three of the six of us have birthdays the same week!
It has been ingrained in me that November is family time, and the time to transition, slow down, cozy in… fourteen years ago I had my first open studio/holiday sale… since then November has never been the same.
Don’t get me wrong I still love everything I mentioned above, now I’m just conflicted… 10-12 hour workdays just don’t equate with long walks, family time and cozying in… I still try… kinda like some people have their power naps, I have my power cozy.
So here is what I am gearing up for these next few weeks!
November 22nd & 23rd, The Makers Market at the Parlor Room. Northampton, MA
November 18th through December 14th, Wesleyan Potters 59th Annual Exhibit and Sale Middletown, CT
December 7th, Craft Show at Hosie & Sarah’s. Northampton, MA
And last but not least… my three day Open Studio/Holiday Sale! December 12th, 13th, 14th!
Goodies from the weekend firing. More to come!
Talk about a cool digital publishing platform… I just looked through Foodies of New England Magazine via ISSUU, an exciting way to view, clip and share photos and articles from magazines on social media.
Foodies of New England magazine featured my work, and the work of fellow potter friend, Tom White in their gorgeous Winter issue! The chef, and crew visited our studios back in May to do a cooking segment for their magazine/video social media. Elaine Pusateri Cowan the chef, brought her hot plate, ingredients and cooking utensils to do a special, “on the road show”. Donna Dufault the designer, and Scott Erb the photographer set up and stayed for a couple of hours. Food was made, then served up in my pots for a photo shoot. A delicious meal was shared afterwards!
Check out the Winter issue online through ISSUU, or buy it at Barnes and Noble and other news stands. It really is a beautifully photographed and well written , informative magazine!