Getting Pots Made for the Pottery Trail

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.

Mugs DryingDetail of flower footHappy Feet

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.

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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)

 

 

Ode to a Cup

I sent a mug out to a customer last week, this is what I received in return… I absolutely love it!

A Cup

So here we are, this first morning.
Waiting in the sunrise.
The hearth is warm and the dogs dream by the fire.
There is a silent solitude, intimate, complete.
I do not possess you.
Rather I am graced with a glimpse
of the creative passion that crafted you.
Your size, your shape, the colors of your adornment,
the way you feel when I hold you, the way I feel.
This is perfection.
Thank you for being here with me.

Lucy, Thanks for the opportunity to experience your creative side.

Best Regards,
Ray
In case I haven’t been clear, THIS CUP IS GREAT!

Winter Months in my Massachusetts Studio

The long winter is almost over.  It’s been a busy one… a time of stocking up, and getting ready for wholesale orders, and spring shows.  Two big shows are coming soon… first the Worcester Pottery Invitational, and then the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail.  Both in April!

Here are some photos of what’s been going on in and around the studio these past couple of months.

mug order, ready for the kiln

mug order, ready for the kiln

mug order, fresh out of the kin.

mug order, fresh out of the kiln.

Owl in our field

Owl in our field

winter woods at dusk

winter woods at dusk

batter bowls drying

batter bowls drying

finished batter bowls

finished batter bowls

spoons for sugar jars

spoons for sugar jars

one of our hens flew the coop

one of our hens flew the coop

holiday sale

Studio entrance, winter welcome

Mugs and the Seconds Sale

Fresh mugs out of the kiln! 

Seems like people always come to the Seconds Sale looking for mugs.  I try to fit in few firings before the Annual Pottery Seconds Sale… it’s not that I am making seconds, but the more firings, the more seconds!   Goody for those of you who live local… a couple of these mugs will be there!  Sale starts tonight at 6:00!

Getting ready for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

I have been making lots of goodies for the upcoming Pottery Trail, this April 30th and May 1st.  Today is my last day of making pots, then it is time for glazing, glazing, glazing!

Here is a new crop of Asparagus trays that should be ready just in time for the Asparagus that are getting ready to pop their heads up soon in the Valley! 

I have also been making lots of mugs, waiting for decoration….green leaves, or blue stripe?