Hand Block Prints And Clay

I found this short and beautiful film clip on YouTube recently and thought I’d share it!  It it shows a little bit of India and how wood blocks are made, and used.  It really caught my attention because of the beautiful filming, and the fact that I use these type of blocks in my clay work.

See video here!

I have always liked to use pattern on my pots.  Places I have found pattern have been as far-flung as a lemon zester, to old tap and die tools from a local factory.   A couple of years ago a student of mine gave me some printing blocks from India.  I have used them here and there.  About a year ago I posted some asparagus trays drying, but never posted the finished product.  Here they are again, with the finished product.  I used the blocks for texture on the bottom inside. 

The 32nd Annual Pottery Seconds Sale

I can’t believe it’s already March and once again it’s time for the best bargain basement pottery seconds sale in New England!  Be there if you’re in the neighborhood!  Many fine potters, glassblowers and others!
 
 
32nd Annual Pottery & More Seconds Sale March 4 & 5
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Artspace’s 32nd Annual Pottery and More Seconds Sale will be held at Greenfield High School on Friday, March 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thirty-six artisans will be selling their wares that include handmade pottery, glass, jewelry, wood and prints.  This sale is sponsored by Artspace Community Arts Center in Greenfield and benefits art and music programs for children and adults, gallery exhibits and Artspace’s Strings for Kids program in the Greenfield Public Schools. At 1:45 on Saturday, there will be a drawing for door prizes.  At 1:30 p.m. there will be a brief string demonstration by students in the Strings for Kids program.

Admission to the sale is free and there is plenty of free parking.

 

Becoming a Teapot

You really do have to put your heart and soul into the making of a teapot.  It is only when you become a student of pottery that you understand all the time, effort, experience, artistry, and love of clay that it takes to make a teapot.

This past week in the studio was teapot making time!  Here is a little slide show to give you an idea about teapot parts.  The last photo includes a finished mug along side a teapot drying, showing what glaze the teapot will have.

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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). 

24 Potters at Pinch

This past Friday was the opening at Pinch,  Asparagus Valley Potters Set the Table.  If you live anywhere near the area this is a must see show!!  It’s up till the 22nd of October.  The opening was packed with pottery lovers, strolling around the 24 foot table picking up pots, and getting a feel for pots that are meant to be used.  For me it was one of the best pottery shows I have ever been to.  Generally when I”m at an opening I don’t usually notice people picking up pots, unless it’s a mug show.  I think the height of the table, and the fact that it was set like a table somehow gave you the permission to pick the pieces up, feel them, and look at the bottoms of them.  It was so interactive. 

 Regretfully I forgot my camera, but  just to give you an idea of the show, here is a photo that was sent to me from Pinch.  Vikki Crowell, potter extraordinaire will be sending me some pics soon, and I will share asap!

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.

All Dressed Up

A few of those naked teapots (from an earlier post) and some other goodies came out of the kiln all dressed up and ready for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail this coming weekend!

Also my new website will be launched this Thursday… I’ll have a little preview tomorrow!