What to expect at my studio on the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

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Today I cleaned the studio with my two assistants. Pamela, and Rosie.  Both of them went nuts, so if you come to the studio and don’t see a speck of clay anywhere… you will have to believe me that I really am a potter and I do actually make pots here!

The studio gets transformed from a working clay studio, to a gallery/shop. The five potter’s wheels are moved, the glazes are hidden under the glaze table, and all the work tables are covered with table linens for the display of pottery. Here are some pots fresh out of the kiln waiting to go on display.

sugar jar after ready for the trail sugar and salt

There are nine stops with 20 potters on the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, some will have live music, some will have demos, all will have food!

At my studio you will first see a tent in front of the studio with pottery demonstrations on the wheel. (unless it is too cold, then my assistant will demo inside). If you want to get your hands dirty at the potter’s wheel, we will be more than happy to let you give it a try!  Once you come into the studio your senses will be greeted to the site of a lot of pottery and the aroma of garlic. You can’t come to one of my studio sales without seeing the garlic grate bowls that I make in action.  So walk in a little further and taste the fresh-baked bread dipped into the garlic/olive oil mixture. You might want to eat some homemade cookies while you’re there too. Take your time, ask questions, this is your time to see how a potter makes this all happen. As you are browsing though the pottery displays, don’t forget about the my kiln room which get transformed into its own little pottery seconds sale. Yes there will be some pots with slight imperfections, sold at bargain prices!

Once you have had enough of my pots, walk through the studio door into our kitchen and see the pottery of Victoria Crowell. You should start smelling flowers by then, because with Vikki when you buy a vase filled with flowers you get not only the vase, but the flower bouquet too! I am happy to be having a guest potter this year for the first time, and Vikki is a great choice!  Here is a Vikki teaser.  Take a look at her website for more.

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Vikki’s colorful cups!

 

 

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail with us this weekend!

April 26th and 27th, 10-5 both days!

Take the self guided driving tour through the valley in western MA… see the studios and the work of nine potters and eleven guest potters.

Get all the details on our website, www.apotterytrail.com
Follow us on our facebook page

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Studio Entrance in Spring

I can show you a photo… but I wish I could somehow fill your sense of smell with the sweet scent of  lilacs that permeate my studio entrance.  The weather this spring must be perfect for lilacs here in Massachusetts, because everywhere I see lilac bushes they have abundant blooms!

lilacs at the arbor

I have made some signs for my entrance, finally.  One for the gate, so that you know it’s the studio, and not to come knocking at the house entrance.  The other is just a welcome sign at the door.  I made these just before the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail a couple of weeks ago.  I thought people might like the welcome sign, so made an extra which sold on the trail,  (also had an order for one).  Yesterday I made one for the order…  and some extra just in case,  maybe I’ll put them up on etsy!

After the RainEarly Spring Welcome

Then of course… my studio entrance is not complete without my studio dogs! 

Guard Dogs in Spring

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail… Some New Work

Two days until the 2013 Pottery Trail.  This year is our 9th annual tour of nine potter’s studios throughout Western Massachusetts. We have invited eight guests this year… all very well-known.  See my earlier post for who the potters are!  Get get all the details on our beautiful brand new website! And come out to see us, even if you’re not local… just check our sponsors for great B&Bs to stay!

So here is a little sampling of what you will find on the Trail at my studio!

Sweet cups Blue Dessert Bowls bowl bottom Details of Blue pie plates 3 Spring Mugs Inside Green Stripey Waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

Gettting Ready for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

Our 9th annual Pottery Trail is at the end of the month!  Have you seen our brand new website?  
We have so many guest potters this year… it’s going to be a great one!
From North to South, the potters and the guests are. Mary Barringer, Todd Wahlstrom, Molly Cantor, Daniel Bellow, Steve Earp, Lucy Fagella, Tom White, Hayne Bayless, Sam Taylor, Tiffany Hilton, Adero Willard, James Guggina, Eveline Snyder, Francine Ozereko, Kristen Kieffer, Donna McGee, Mara Superior.

April 27th and 28th 2013!   See our website for all the details, and a printable brochure and map! 

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Sunday Morning Sunlight on the Pottery Trail

Yesterday was a very busy day on the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail.  So many visitors from other states staying at local B&Bs, and lots of locals too!  Today is our second day and we are open 10-5.

It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday morning… seemed like a good time to take some photos!

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

It’s today!  The 8th annual self guided tour of nine professional potter’s studio’s and their guests!  Check our website for a map directions and all the info about who’s on the trail.  There is all the latest on facebook too!

Here is a little taste of what you will find at my studio this time around.

 

Take a Spin Through Kiln Country

A nice short and sweet little video about our pottery tour this weekend, featuring Mary Barringer, Tom White, Steve Earp and Molly Cantor.

 http://gctv.org/videos/take-spin-through-kiln-country

There are 14 of us this year including our guests!  Check out our website for all the details, including a down-loadable map.

Resting After a Very Busy Pottery Trail

I don’t know about the rest of you potters out there, but after I do a big weekend show it takes me a couple of days to recoup.  That’s one of the many reasons I don’t do craft fairs anymore.   This particular show… the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail is really intense.  Weeks of preparation, throwing, glazing, firing, promoting, then transforming the studio into a showroom.  Then a full non stop weekend of visitors, then transforming the studio back to a studio, and on top of that teaching classes the past two nights… WHEW!  Yet I must say to any potters out there who are thinking of doing a pottery tour, it’s all worth it… DO IT!  You build community with your fellow local potters, and the larger community, and people really love to come and see your studio, drive the country roads, and eat at local eateries.  It’s also great for the local economy! 

The Grandaddy of pottery tours is this weekend… http://www.minnesotapotters.com/.   My friend Mary Barringer just finished our tour this past weekend, and she’s off to be a guest potter in the 19th annual Minnesota Tour this coming weekend… talk about tired!  She goes every year.  I always hear when she comes back, that people in Minnesota really get pottery!

After a couple of days of getting the studio back, and packing pots (for shops who placed orders way before the tour), I decided today was a complete DO NOT STEP FOOT IN THE STUDIO DAY!  I instead I planted lettuce, weeded spinach, and sat on the back porch drinking Mikes Hard Lemonade from one of my new cups!