Plate Setters

I recently had a question from potter Joel Cherrico asking me about the plate setters I use for dinnerware sets, (that I don’t actually like to make… sorry folks they are just too time consuming).

I think I got these setters from my favorite ceramic supplier, Sheffield Pottery.  The plates are currently used daily in our kitchen.

Dinner Plates on Setters_lucy fagellaPlate setters

For more on dinnerware sets see a post I wrote a couple of years ago on what a potter makes per hour.  I gauged it on a dinnerware set.  

Thankful for Buying Local

It is January, there is a foot of snow on the ground, it’s as cold as can be… yet today local farmers gathered at Greenfield High School to sell their produce.  I purchased fresh greenhouse spinach and lettuce, squash, whole wheat flour, honey, apples, jam, bread, grass fed beef, chicken, and even hot dogs!  The Winter Farmers Market is growing steadily in Western Massachusetts.  In Greenfield it is now a monthly event through the winter! 

As I made my purchases I talked with the farmers.  I asked them anything I wanted to know about their crops, and I thought wow, this is great.  I love knowing where my food is coming from, I love buying local and keeping dollars in my community and  I love supporting farmers!  I was happy!  The chitter chatter with the farmers and the smile on my face reminded me of how I feel with customers in my studio.  Just a month ago at my Holiday Sale I was the one answering all the questions, and seeing the smiles on my customers faces.  People thanked me for making pottery, and said how happy they were to be in my studio…  I thanked them for supporting their local potter! 

It’s all good!

local apples

Function+Art=One Happy Foodie

I’m really excited about this new little form I am making… citrus juicers.  They hang on a hook to decorate your kitchen, making it easily accessible, and they fit nicely over a measuring cup.  perfect for the foodie in your life!   Function+Art=One Happy Foodie!

You can find them at Pinch in Northampton, MA, and soon on my Etsy Shop!


Sunday Morning Sunlight on the Pottery Trail

Yesterday was a very busy day on the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail.  So many visitors from other states staying at local B&Bs, and lots of locals too!  Today is our second day and we are open 10-5.

It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday morning… seemed like a good time to take some photos!

Maple Syrup Pitcher

These past couple of weeks I have been making asparagus trays, teapots and mugs… which means pulling lots of handles.  With handles on the brain while eating breakfast one morning,  I looked at our syrup pitcher and decided it would be nice to make a syrup pitcher without a handle… just something small with two indents on either side for your fingers.

Here are a couple of photos of the test pitchers finished, with the second round drying in the back.  You never can tell how proportions, weight, and feel are going to turn out until they come out of the kiln and you actually use them.  The second round of pitchers are slightly taller, lighter, (3/4 lb rather than 1 lb) and narrower on the oval.


Body Aches and Throwing Lots of Pots

January is catch up time… re-stocking and catching up after the busy holiday season.  I had a really nice break between Christmas and New Years, then had to switch gears back into the throwing mode.  I don’t know about any of the other potters out there, but when I’m in my throwing cycle I can’t seem to do much else.  My body is so sore every day.  I’m thinking it’s just this 48-year-old body!  My neck hurts, my hip hurts, my hands are aching!  I do my yoga, I walk a half hour a day, bike when it’s warm, cross-country ski in winter… I move my muscles in other ways, yet I’m still sore! 

I was at an Asparagus Valley Potter’s Guild meeting last week, I asked the others how they felt.  My friend Steve said he can throw pots for about 5-6 hours one day, then the next day, about 4-5 hours, then the next, 3-4 hours, by the fourth day can’t really throw anymore!  Similar stories from the others.  I need to say here, that the youngest potter there was 38. 

I remember when I discovered pottery my senior year in high school I was a real jock,  and was so happy finding an art form that was like an athletic event!  Now I’m thinking about professional athletes and how they are all retired by 35 or 40… hmm, potters can’t do that… and really I don’t want to… what I really want is the stamina of an 18-year-old again!

So does anyone else out there have anything to say about this? What are your limits?