Function+Art=One Happy Foodie

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!

 

Berry Baskets

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.

Etsy Listing

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.

 

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“The Bakers Oven” and my Pottery Shards

I had quite the surprise today at Cider Days where I was selling my new apple bakers and other “foodie” ceramics.  I was taking a break and walked over to the food vendors, and a friend said to me, “did you see your pottery over there at the wood fired pizza oven?”  I looked expecting to see pottery, instead I saw my pottery shards built into the oven!  All I could say was, “wow!” 

Earlier this year I wanted to get rid of a bunch of my bad pots that I had smashed for the shard pile.  I boxed them up in small boxes and put them up for free on Craig’s List.  (I had five calls the first day.)  I gave the boxes to three different people.  Well, one of those people was one of the owner’s of  “The Bakers Oven”, a mobile Wood Fired Pizza & Catering company of Colrain, MA.  Co-owner, Daniel built this whole thing himself.  I think he would make a good kiln builder!

What a cool concept… a mobile wood fired pizza oven!  So if you’re local, and you want to have them cater an event for you, here is the contact info. thebakersoven1@gmail.com

I Think I Got My Cash Blue

There is a joke among potters… just make it blue and it will sell! 

Well I have always had this thing against blue pottery…  I feel like it just covers up the form.  Or it’s kinda like a paint chip just shouting out to you– COLOR!  It always seems too reflective, or boring, lacking depth, or just too much hippy, drippy, blue.  For years I have not used blue… until a couple of years ago.  So many customers were asking, “does this come in blue?” Finally I broke down.  I starting using blue in little bits on my urns, then a subtle blue/greeny kinda speckly glaze (bordering on hippy, drippy).  Next I introduced a dark blue to my line of FoodieCeramics, with butter keepers, garlic grates, and salt cellars.  But have really kept it at a minimum. 

As time goes by I have asked myself, why do people like blue so much?  The next favorite color seems to be green.  I love green pots, so that has always been a part of my pottery.  But what is it about blue and green pots that people like so much?  I think it comes down to this…  they are both calming colors.  People walk into my studio sales and see variations of green pots, a common reaction is, “it’s so peaceful, so calming”.  Another thought I have about these two colors is that they are the colors that surround us… big blue sky, blue/green ocean, and large expanses of green grass and trees.  who out there doesn’t feel peace while sitting by the ocean with a big blue sky over head!

Over the years I have looked at as many blue pots as I could, to find ones that did not have the negative attributes I mentioned earlier.  I found some very nice blue pots.  One in particular tipped me over the edge by my friend Molly Cantor.  It was one of her wood fired pieces that had this magical deep blue on the inside of a mug.  I think that was the first time I thought wow, I could get a nice blue that wouldn’t take away from my form.  So after years of trying out little bits of blues here and there, I decided last year it was time to do some experimenting with glazes.  This past month I have come up with one I like.  Here is a sketch plate that came out of the kiln the other day.  It has a lot of depth to it, which doesn’t show well in the photo.  I think it has potential though! 

 

 

That Etsy Shop

Ok… so the Open Studio/Holiday Sale is over, and was a great success… now it’s time for that neglected etsy shop.   Time, time, time… just need a lot more of it! 

 There have been some great reads on other potter’s blogs about etsy, namely John Bauman and Ron Philbeck .  I really like the idea of etsy… it is just a new kind of work to me… taking lots of photo’s, being a little bit of a story-teller in describing my pottery, and last but not least,  listing, and re-listing, and re-listing again.  I think it’s just the learning curve.  I will eventually do it with ease. 

Take a look at my foodieceramics etsy shop here!  I’m having a sale… FREE SHIPPING in the U.S!!

 

 

Foodie Ceramics

So I opened up this etsy shop, FoodieCeramics but can’t seem to find enough time in my day to take all the photo’s and get all the foodie items I want up there!  I love the idea of etsy.  Even though I have a beautiful dynamic, informative and professional looking website, I just had to try out etsy.  It is such a great way to get your new stuff out there to a whole new audience!  I’m beginning to think though… it seems like 1/4 of my work day is spent on the computer.  Well I would much rather do that than pack for shows and traveling!

Here is a new item I put on etsy yesterday.  It’s my new yellow glaze (the old volcanic ash yellow was giving me too much trouble).  I like this new yellow, it is so warm, with a deep buttercup brightness to it… I named it, Sunshine.  The photo is taken with my new Nikon D5000, another thing that has taken up time from being a potter… I feel like now I have to be a semi-pro photographer, (don’t laugh photographers… I know I’m nowhere near it!  I’m more of a student of photography). 

Making and Marketing… Etsy to Urns

So my etsy shop is open, with just eight things so far, hopefully more to come this week.  I’m overwhelmed.  You start one new thing and your focus goes totally there…  everything else drops off.  It happened when I started blogging, then facebook, now etsy.  Etsy is a good thing, but takes so much time to photograph everything well, and to network well.  And it’s only going to be a good thing if you do all these things well.  I’m finding it to be like all other marketing… it all takes time… time that I never seem to have enough of!

On top of trying to get the etsy shop started last week, the making of pottery couldn’t stop.  I shipped out four cremation urns in two days, that rarely happens, and it made me realize how low my stock of urns is.  So I made quite a few urns last week, some are quite large… it is physically very tiring.  Then there is the whole emotional aspect of making urns, I will have another whole post on that soon.