Open Studio Holiday Sale 2014

The weekend is upon me. Tonight was a great start to my three day annual Holiday Sale!

studio at night

Here is a sampling of what you will find at the studio this weekend. Open Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

Stacked batter bowls red color leaf teapot line of cups salt cellars

The Work Table is Busy

Holiday shows are here, this weekend is Hosie and Sara’s…  I’m all set for that one.  Of course, as always I am just trying to fit a little more in for one more bisque firing by the end of the week! My Open Studio Holiday Sale is less than two weeks away, December 12, 13, 14!

Today the work table was very busy with making and attaching handles for batter bowls and brie bakers.

Spouts Handle finished spouts and handles Brie bakers drying

Taking Time Today for Photography

It seems that the past year or so I have been photographing my work mainly for etsy and my facebook page which tends to be in an informal setting.  I like to photo my work in this way for two reasons… one, because I love working with natural light in my photography… two, because it allows the viewer to see it in a way that is real to them, rather than a pot sitting on a white/grey/black background.  There comes a time though when you need some new work formally photographed for shows, so this morning was that time.


Sunday Break from the Studio

One of my most favorite things to do when I am not making pots is to spend time in the garden.  Today was a cold November day, the time to put straw over the garden beds, tend to the lettuce and spinach in the cold frames and greenhouse, and pick the tail end of the kale, leeks, brussel sprouts and carrots. Then just sit and watch the chickens… I can’t think of a better way to spend my Sunday away from the studio!

Golden Beauty 3

Golden Beauty 2Barred Beauty 2Buff Beauty 2A BeautyNovember lettuceNovember greenhouse

Gearing Up for the Holiday Sales

How does November slip in there so quickly?  November has always been one of my favorite months of the year.  I love the leaves beneath my feet and that sweet fragrance that emanates from them into the air with each step I take.  I love Thanksgiving and the family gathering.  Ahh… the family gathering, so special, and even more so as my birthday, or one of my two sisters birthdays inevitably seems to fall on Thanksgiving.  Three of the six of us have birthdays the same week!

It has been ingrained in me that November is family time, and the time to transition, slow down, cozy in… fourteen years ago I had my first open studio/holiday sale… since then November has never been the same.

Don’t get me wrong I still love everything I mentioned above, now I’m just conflicted… 10-12 hour workdays just don’t equate with long walks, family time and cozying in… I still try… kinda like some people have their power naps, I have my power cozy.

So here is what I am gearing up for these next few weeks!

November 22nd & 23rd, The Makers Market at the Parlor Room. Northampton, MA

November 18th through December 14th, Wesleyan Potters 59th Annual Exhibit and Sale  Middletown, CT

December 7th, Craft Show at Hosie & Sarah’s. Northampton, MA

And last but not least… my three day Open Studio/Holiday Sale! December 12th, 13th, 14th!

Goodies from the weekend firing.  More to come!

stash from the november firing (2)