10th Annual Open Studio at Lucia Pottery

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This weekend December 8th & 9th, my studio is open from 10-5.

Lots of new work, and a bit of seconds going cheap!

Olives in Lucia Potteryfruit bowl22 juicersone handle strainerCheese Dish_Lucy FagellaFour Garlic Grate Colors_Lucia Pottery

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!

 

Open Studio at Lucia Pottery

OPEN STUDIO AND HOLIDAY SALE

   DECEMBER 4,5,6  

 FRIDAY  4-8pm

SATURDAY  10-4pm

SUNDAY  10-4pm

 Your invited to my annual Holiday Sale at the newly renovated studio.  Come and see the wonderful new space, have some hot cider and cookies.  New work, and seconds will be available.  There will also be a raffle for a large bowl to benefit Greenfield H.S. art dept.

 December also is time to sign up for the Winter session of pottery classes!

 Hope to see you here!   Directions are on my website!

Shopping Locally!

 

Stop Throwing, Start Glazing for the Holiday Open Studio

I always find it hard to stop throwing before my Studio Sales.  I get this fear that there will not be enough.  I said to my apprentice Pam on Thursday,  What if someone comes in and buys a stack of Garlic Grating dishes and I run out.  Well Thursday night someone did just that… a customer came to the studio and bought ten “Garlic Grates” (my name for them), I didn’t run out , but it just instilled more fear of not having enough.  It’s always nice to sell a bunch of stuff, but needless to say, today I was back in the studio throwing more, and feeling like I should be back in tomorrow for more.

It’s now one in the morning and I’m waiting for a kiln to finish.  (did I tell you I just love my new L&L kiln) It’s just non stop for the few weeks before the sale!   Here are some olive dishes and butter keepers waiting for the bisque firing.

BTW the Open Studio is December 4,5,6 .

These will have the green glaze which pools blue in the split rim

French Butter Keepers drying in the sunshine

Weekend Sale Results

For all you potters out there in blog land… With the economy doing so poorly, I know I’m wondering how we are all doing.  Here in western Massachusetts. (the land of many potters) many of us keep in touch on our sales and shows.  I would like to know on the larger level how we are all fairing this season in this economy.  

I had a great sale this weekend.  Less customers, yet those who came, came with the intention to buy.  In the western Ma. region there is a real focus on buying local, be it farm products, main street businesses or handmade art and crafts.  The people who came are real devoted to this concept… I’m happy to live here!

Quiet part of the sale

For the life of me I can never remember to take photos while there are people at my open studio.  I can also never remember to do a count of people!

 

Glazing for the Open Studio/Holiday Sale

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The bisqueware in process.  The plates have there first of five layers applied.  This first layer is with a glaze pencil, the next layer will be copper carbonate, then a clear glaze, wax resist over that, then finally dipped in an blush white glaze.

The past few years I have wanted to add more drawing to my pottery… the past few months I have.  When it comes to crunch time before a studio sale the drawing, painting, (stains) and layering of glazes becomes all consuming.  I am one tired potter… I am looking forward to my last firing tonight, and the preparations which will transform my studio into a gallery for this weekend’s sale.