The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail is coming up in six short weeks! Our date this year is April 25th-26th. In between getting pots made for that, I am spending time getting all of my information and photos to my web designer for my new website! Hopefully it will be all up and running before the Trail. My current website was made in 2010, even though it’s nice, it is antiquated. It’s time for me to have a responsive website since a good percentage people use mobile devices to search sites. Maybe I will share some sneak peeks of the website soon, but for now I will give you a peek of the mugs that will be ready for the Pottery Trail.
Last week I was working on mugs and cups, I was getting tired of trimming the same old foot. I was also dreaming of warm weather and flowers… zinnias to be exact, in the studio garden to be more exact. So before I knew it these happy feet started to appear! I always like to have texture on the bottom of my mugs (usually made with a wiggle type wire). I think it’s fun to hold a mug and have something different to feel on different parts of the piece, and you can’t leave out the bottom! We will see if this foot design becomes part of my repertoire or if it’s just something to get me through till the zinnia’s are in bloom.
Patterns, just love what they can do. Repetition, movement, optical illusions.
I have been making these little treasure boxes with different patterns and glazes… here are some of the blue ones. I have included the images of the process… how I draw the pattern using a square grid, then apply wax resist to the pattern. I love the way they look glazed but not fired. But what I really want you to look at is the optical illusion that occurs on the finished blue piece. Do you see a leaf/petal or a diamond shape? I see one first, then the other after awhile.
These will be available soon on my new updated website, and in my etsy shops… I need to have a long photo session, and get all the new stuff up!
The older I get the more I realize summer is way to short in New England. So the past two summers I have taken a break from teaching, and slowed down a bit on production… working only about 6-8 hours a day rather than 10-12 hours a day. I’ve spent many hours in the garden, on my bike, and just taking time to really see the beauty of nature. I have focused on renewing my creativity, and took some time to follow through with the ideas that have been accumulating in my sketchbook for the past year or so.
Here are some photos of a new urn form and the process; from drying shellac resist design, then glazed but not yet fired, to the finished fired urns. These new urn forms should be up on my website in the next few months.
shellac resist drying
Glazed but not fired.
I have the little elf working overtime to get ready for the Holiday Sale. Here is my assistant Jocelyn smoothing the edges of new tiles that I have made… and yes that is a cast on her thumb!
Ok so last week I got a little carried away making salt cellars. I made 40… that means 40 bottoms, 45 tops… always make extra tops. So that is 85 pieces in one day. I figured they’re small, so no problem… but it’s the following days that I wish I didn’t make that many! The next couple of days was spent trimming all of them, and throwing a little knob on each top. Whew, next time I’m on a roll and really in the groove of throwing I’m going to think twice about making that many at once!
Terri and I spent our Sunday in Northampton at the Smith College greenhouses smelling all the beautiful flowers while standing among the palms and banana trees in the 80 degree sunny shelter. The three feet of snow melted away for just a little while.
I’m dreaming of a hot summer day, and a pitcher of lemonade. I guess that’s where these are coming from… some tall pitchers in the works… these weigh 3.5 or 4 lbs, and measure 11 to 12″, they will end up being about 10 or 11″ after the glaze fire.