500 Teapots, Volume 2

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I am very happy and honored to have one of my teapots in Lark Crafts, 500 Teapots Volume 2.

I remember when the first 500 Teapots book came out 12 years ago, I was in the thick of raising two toddlers and was barely making any pottery at that point in my life. I would look at that book and drool… just wishing I had time to be a full-time potter. Progressively each year as my boys grew and became more independent, more time was spent in the studio. In a few years time I submitted images for 500 Cups and two of my pieces were selected for it. A couple of years later one of my pieces was selected for 500 Pitchers. I thought about submitting images to the Plates and Chargers book, but thought better, as I found my plates at the time to be quite boring!

Lark 500 Series books are such an inspiration. They are my go to books when I need a little pick me up.

A Two Cuppa Teapot

I have been spending a little (not enough) time photographing my latest teapots.  Shooting in natural light lately… when it’s cloudy it’s a good day to photo, tomorrow should be rainy… need to stop throwing pots and take some photos!

Here is my short stout one!

 

Attaching Handles to Teapots

Last week I posted my baby teapots (two pounds).  This week I made momma teapots (four pounds).  Some people only want two cups, some need to have four to five cups.  I just like making teapots… doesn’t matter what size!  Actually the only issue I have is with the larger ones… pulling the handle off the pot… it gets rather tiring after you’ve done a few of them.

Sitting by the Woodstove

I’m sitting here drinking a glass of sangria left over from my last class of the Fall semester.  Yes, we drink in my classes… well not really, but  sometimes on a last class someone brings in some wine to share with the food goodies we have at the end of every semester!  Tonight my advanced class (aka Big Girl Pottery Class) finished up their glazing, and ate goodies, mostly of the Italian nature… artisan bread dipped in garlic olive oil (in my garlic grate bowl), marinated artichoke hearts that Dawn brought from Frigo’s Italian Deli in Springfield, and scrumptious olives from Greenfield’s Market.  I made an Italian sausage and bean vegetable soup… and then cookies, and more cookies from the  bakers in class.  And of course Darlene’s very tasty sangria and fruit!

I really appreciate all my students, and I love the cycle of teaching them… and learning from them.  For me, teaching is an integral part of my pottery. 

Feels like the busy season is winding down.  It’s time for learning more about my new camera, and taking some good photo’s of my work!  Here is one from last night… working on getting the white balance just right… almost there… a little more tweaking!

 

 

 

 

Some Goodies for My Holiday Sale

This weekend is my Open Studio/Holiday Sale… actually fellow Greenfield potter, and friend, Tiffany Hilton and I decided to have our sales the same weekend…   We figured why not advertise together, put our mailing lists together for the post card, and call it a tour.  So I sent in some information to the local paper and called it, ” A Tour of  Two Potters”  ( kinda catchy, huh) well the paper obviously liked it,  and wrote a nice blurb using that as the title, with a subtitle, “Two excellent Greenfield potters” - along with a photo of my teapots in process!  Oh and speaking of blurbs… the December issue of Ceramics Monthly gave the, “Homegrown for the Table” show at Pinch in Northampton a little write-up, with a photo of my work!

 Here is a taste of what you will see at my studio this weekend!

Becoming a Teapot: Kiln Opening

Wooo-hooo!  … a nice kiln firing with teapots.  Here are the teapots glazed, and ready for the firing… and 32 hours later, barely cool enough to take out of the kiln!

Yes, these will be available at this weekend’s Holiday Open Studio Sale!

 

Becoming a Teapot: Part 2

Another little slideshow… this week it’s glazing . 

 After the bisque firing, the teapots are ready for decorating and glazing.  Here is a little taste of the studio on a glazing day.  

Can’t imagine why a potter’s hands are so tired! 

Coming soon… some finished teapots, ready for the Holiday Sale this weekend, Dec, 3rd, 4th, and 5th!

 

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Becoming a Teapot

You really do have to put your heart and soul into the making of a teapot.  It is only when you become a student of pottery that you understand all the time, effort, experience, artistry, and love of clay that it takes to make a teapot.

This past week in the studio was teapot making time!  Here is a little slide show to give you an idea about teapot parts.  The last photo includes a finished mug along side a teapot drying, showing what glaze the teapot will have.

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