Potter, Mom, Snow Day

It’s always a juggling act to be working full time at home, with kids.  Today the challenge was a little more on the fun side of it though.  The interruption was not to drive a teenager to a doctors appointment, or to practice… today it was to cross-country ski with them, or to continue making butter keepers.  The choice as always, in parenting… compromise.  I  made half the amount of butter keepers I planned on making, and skied half the amount of time they wanted me to!  We were all happy… until we had to shovel the nearly two feet of snow!

The last two issues of Ceramics Monthly featured articles on Potter Moms, in the Studio Visit section.  The December issue visited with Elizabeth Robinson, and January visited with Jennifer Mecca.  Both of these Mom potters are doing fairly well for themselves.  Yet, both of these women have pretty much cut their studio time to about half of what they did before kids.  As I read about them, I thought about other potter moms I know, and all I thought was… it gets easier.  It was not that long ago that I could barely work with two little toddlers running around, constant mommy, mommy.  Now the interruptions are less and less, or they are more planned interruptions.  Like going to basketball games, or doctor’s appointments.

As my boys get older they have become so respectful of my working time, and they understand it’s how they have a nice home, and food on the table.  They are 13 and 15 years old now, and it seems my main job as a mom is feeding them, then driving them to friends, or school functions, and practices… and then feeding them again!

As my elderly friend says… motherhood… just a little interruption in time.  I’m beginning to see what she means by it.  It really does go by fast.


Oh, and then there are the butter keepers!

Tile Bat System and Butter Keepers

I finally got to try out the new tile bats that I made in August.  My broken rib is healing and I have about 75% of my throwing abilities back!  Yahoo!  Yesterday I made Butter Keepers for the busy season coming up.  The next show is the Garlic and Arts Festival (the one craft fair I do a year).  It’s a really cool happening, lots of fun, tons of people, and a great place to sell my foodie ceramics

Here is a photo of the tile bats all neatly lined up with butter keeper tops.  I was able to fit 12 in a space that I normally fit 8, because of the square tile, rather than the round bat.  Here is also a sneak peek at the new butter keeper that will be up for sale soon on Etsy.

Getting Ready to Open an Etsy Shop

I have been thinking about this for over a year now, but was so busy working on the new website that it took a back burner.  I also thought well, why do I need an Etsy shop if I have a good website with buy buttons and paypal… well the answer is traffic.  The other answer is social networking, like this blog, a facebook fan page and twitter (for the time being I refuse to do twitter… I just don’t have that much to talk about… geez, facebook is hard enough).  Etsy is just more social networking, there are shops you “heart”, (kinda like “LIKES” on FB) when you heart a shop and other users see your heart they can click on your link and it automatically brings them to your shop!  Etsy is its own little world which just keeps getting bigger everyday.  So many people peruse though those pages, I figure if I just have a few of my items on Etsy that I sell from my website, it will bring more people to my website where they can find more work!

The pottery that I will be selling on Etsy will focus just on the kitchen, the shop is named FoodieCeramics. It’s in process right now, I’m hoping to have some things for sale by next week.  I’ll be posting about the shop opening here!  If any of you Etsians reading this have any suggestions for me, please share 🙂

Here’s the pile-up on my work table, getting ready for Etsy, and a wholesale order.

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