After a whole lot of rain here in the Northeast, the last week of heat has been welcome.
Went out to the garden this morning and picked a handful of raspberries… just enough to fill my little mini hanging berry bowl! I then sat at the back porch table to enjoy them with my morning tea and toast.
I love these little basket like bowls. I”ve made this with the intention of it hanging on a hook near the sink for easy access.
It is January, there is a foot of snow on the ground, it’s as cold as can be… yet today local farmers gathered at Greenfield High School to sell their produce. I purchased fresh greenhouse spinach and lettuce, squash, whole wheat flour, honey, apples, jam, bread, grass fed beef, chicken, and even hot dogs! The Winter Farmers Market is growing steadily in Western Massachusetts. In Greenfield it is now a monthly event through the winter!
As I made my purchases I talked with the farmers. I asked them anything I wanted to know about their crops, and I thought wow, this is great. I love knowing where my food is coming from, I love buying local and keeping dollars in my community and I love supporting farmers! I was happy! The chitter chatter with the farmers and the smile on my face reminded me of how I feel with customers in my studio. Just a month ago at my Holiday Sale I was the one answering all the questions, and seeing the smiles on my customers faces. People thanked me for making pottery, and said how happy they were to be in my studio… I thanked them for supporting their local potter!
It’s all good!
I’m really excited about this new little form I am making… citrus juicers. They hang on a hook to decorate your kitchen, making it easily accessible, and they fit nicely over a measuring cup. perfect for the foodie in your life! Function+Art=One Happy Foodie!
You can find them at Pinch in Northampton, MA, and soon on my Etsy Shop!
I took some photos today of my newer berry bowls. I was getting bored with the bowl part of it… needed to have a little more fun, so now they are berry baskets.
Here are some variations of photos from natural light with props to a grey/black background. My new props are old finds from our barn. Kinda going with the industrial/antique look, or cottage/chic… or as I like to call it, (when my feminine pots are juxtaposed with the old finds), industrial/fem.
This photo below is so different from the natural light and props… still nice, not as warm… but feels quiet and calming to me.
Every few months I set my mind to taking photos and getting more work into my etsy shops… yes there are two shops now. The first shop, FoodieCeramics opened in the fall of 2010, and the more recent shop, LuciaUrns opened a few months ago in January 2012. In terms of representing all of my work, the luciaurns shop is not quite there yet. I have the biodegradable urns listed, but need to get more photos up of the classic urns. The foodieceramics shop is starting to pick up, I try to re-list at least one item a day so my work stays somewhat visible in the search engines. I really think I should be listing five times a day though if I really want to sell well on etsy! I am always so busy with all the other aspects of my pottery business that I never seem to have enough time.
The other day I took photos for three hours, here is a little slideshow of what you may be finding in my shop soon.
So I’ve written on my blog about blue pots selling well. Now I want to talk about white pots not selling well. This pasta bowl pictured below has sat in my studio for about three years. It is so subtle… white on white glazing, with hints of pinks and greens… so, so subtle. This and other white on white pots just do not sell for me. Well, last week I was about to put it on my discontinued shelf and sell it for half the price, but could not bring myself to do it, I just figured it will serve the family better in the kitchen rather than giving it away!
I remember being at a show many years ago with Andy Shaw. People were just walking past his booth, it was filled with white on white pattern pots. (If you have never seen Andy’s pots take a look at his website, he does gorgeous work!) Well I suggested to Andy to get some color like an apple or something. He went to a local store and picked up tomatoes. He put them in some of the pots, and the next day people were stopping at his booth! What is it about color that draws people right in?
I think maybe white on white requires too much work from the customer. They have to take the time, come up close, pick up the pot, patiently examine it. Where as the blue pot, shouts here I am, look at me! Yet when you bring that white pot home, your food tends to look a lot better than it does in the blue pot. Sometimes I think the only people who truly understand white on white pottery are chefs, and potters!
So here is my beautiful white on white bowl, in my kitchen, with my lunch in it! I’m enjoying it!
Well it seems here in Western Massachusetts that the fiddleheads and ramps (wild leeks) are up before the asparagus in my garden. Yesterday I took a much needed break from glazing, firing kilns and all the preparations for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. Terri and I went to a very special, hard to get to place along the Green River. We traversed little brooks, balanced carefully over fallen tree bridges, ducked under brambles, and got stuck with thorns. We came home with three deer ticks on our bodies, lots of scratches, and over three pounds of fiddleheads*, and a bunch of wild leeks! It was an adventure, which was well worth it!
A dinner of shrimp and pasta was made with a hearty serving of fiddleheads sautéed in olive oil and wild leeks!
Yes… this serving dish is available on the Pottery Trail!
*Please note when picking wild edibles to not over-pick! Three heads are the MOST that should be picked from one plant. Wild leeks grow in patches, the MOST that should be picked is 5% of a patch. They are bulbs and do not grow back!
A couple of months ago a wrote a post about blue pottery, and showed off a new blue glaze that I developed. Well here it is, working for me in an almost jewel like fashion on a covered cheese dish. In my previous post about blue glazes I talked about some reasons I didn’t like blue pottery, and asked, why do people like it so much. I had some great responses.
… I think I’m beginning to like blue a little more!
Of course if you go on the Pottery Trail this weekend you can get yourself one of these!
I was running low on Garlic Grate Bowls, so thought I’d squeeze a few in before the last bisque firing for the Pottery Trail… 46 to be exact.
To purchase Garlic Grates visit my website or Etsy Shop, or just come to the Pottery Trail, April 30th-May 1st!
How do you like your butter… soft, spreadable, or hard and bunching? If you are thinking soft, then you would love a butter keeper.
Time to go make the Sunday morning pancakes with soft butter on top!