A Stash of New Pots from the Worcester Pottery Invitational

Recovering from the weekend at the Worcester Pottery Invitational, which I think should be called the Worcester Pottery Inspirational!

It was a tiring weekend, as a weekend show always is… but this show was even more so. Usually at a show when I am not talking to customers, I get a little break and sit quietly, but it was just too much fun to be with such great potters that all I did was look at their work, talk about pots, and life, as a studio potter.  The whole weekend was an inspiration!
Here is a stash of new pots that came home with me. I am happy to welcome the pottery of these talented potters to my home!  Holly Walker, Bryan Hopkins, Julie Johnson, Jeremy Randall, Julie Crosby, Tom O’Malley, Maya Machin, Rob Cartelli, Adero Willard, Nicole Aquillano, and Hannah Niswonger!

goodies from the Worcester Pottery Invitational

Ode to a Cup

I sent a mug out to a customer last week, this is what I received in return… I absolutely love it!

A Cup

So here we are, this first morning.
Waiting in the sunrise.
The hearth is warm and the dogs dream by the fire.
There is a silent solitude, intimate, complete.
I do not possess you.
Rather I am graced with a glimpse
of the creative passion that crafted you.
Your size, your shape, the colors of your adornment,
the way you feel when I hold you, the way I feel.
This is perfection.
Thank you for being here with me.

Lucy, Thanks for the opportunity to experience your creative side.

Best Regards,
Ray
In case I haven’t been clear, THIS CUP IS GREAT!

Winter Months in my Massachusetts Studio

The long winter is almost over.  It’s been a busy one… a time of stocking up, and getting ready for wholesale orders, and spring shows.  Two big shows are coming soon… first the Worcester Pottery Invitational, and then the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail.  Both in April!

Here are some photos of what’s been going on in and around the studio these past couple of months.

mug order, ready for the kiln

mug order, ready for the kiln

mug order, fresh out of the kin.

mug order, fresh out of the kiln.

Owl in our field

Owl in our field

winter woods at dusk

winter woods at dusk

batter bowls drying

batter bowls drying

finished batter bowls

finished batter bowls

spoons for sugar jars

spoons for sugar jars

one of our hens flew the coop

one of our hens flew the coop

holiday sale

Studio entrance, winter welcome

Blindfolded Pottery

Put on the blindfolds, turn on the potters wheels… this is “Big Girl Pottery class” (as my students call it!)

Mind you, I do not do this every class, just once a year or so.  The blindfold class is to remind them the importance of listening to the clay.  In losing our sense of sight, our sense of touch becomes heightened.  It’s a real good reminder to focus only on the way that clay feels in our hands.

It’s also a lot of fun.  Plus with a bunch of middle-aged women I of course hear the comments… like, what is this 50 Shades of Clay?  Ooh, I wish Patrick Swayze were here… is that Unchained Melody I hear?

you're not really gonna make me throw blindfolded are youHere we go blindfolded potteryyes I can make a pot without lookingBlind Pots

Wall Salt Box with Lid

As promised from the last post… wall salt boxes with a sit-in lid.  These seem to be a cross from my table salt cellar pictured below, and the antique french salt box I fell in love with over the summer.  The degree of difficulty is far less than the hinged lid salt box.  I am liking the form, and the challenge it brings.  I will do more after the holidays.

Two lidded salt boxes

Salt box open

My original salt cellars…

red dot salt 3

I haven’t finished my explorations with the hinged lid yet,  A couple of new ones came out of the kiln nearly perfect… so more to come on those too, after the busy season.