I am writing this post to let you all know that my blog here on wordpress.com has moved over to my own website. I liked wordpress so much that I got myself a new website at wordpress.org. Now I can have my website and blog all rolled into one!
This is my third website since 2005 (my how time flies). I am very excited about this new website… not that I didn’t like my last one, it’s just that after four years, it became outdated with the leaps and bounds in technology that have been happening. So this new website is mobile friendly, and connects to my two shops… “Shop Lucia Urns”, and “Shop for the Kitchen.” Both are secure sites which take all credit cards through Squareup.com.
For those of you who follow me here, you will no longer get your automatic email notifications when a new post comes out… but the good news is that you can sign up on my website for a monthly update of studio news, classes, workshops, events, sales, and blog posts!
Take a look at my new website at www.LucyFagella.com. and follow me there by signing up with your email contact!
Today there was a really nice article in our local paper about the ceramic urns I make.
Cremation urns have been part of my pottery business for ten years now. The article tells about why I chose to do this as a potter.
See it here at, The Greenfield Recorder.
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!
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.
Recovering from the weekend at the Worcester Pottery Invitational, which I think should be called the Worcester Pottery Inspirational!
It was a tiring weekend, as a weekend show always is… but this show was even more so. Usually at a show when I am not talking to customers, I get a little break and sit quietly, but it was just too much fun to be with such great potters that all I did was look at their work, talk about pots, and life, as a studio potter. The whole weekend was an inspiration!
Here is a stash of new pots that came home with me. I am happy to welcome the pottery of these talented potters to my home! Holly Walker, Bryan Hopkins, Julie Johnson, Jeremy Randall, Julie Crosby, Tom O’Malley, Maya Machin, Rob Cartelli, Adero Willard, Nicole Aquillano, and Hannah Niswonger!