Saturday, May 30, 2009

Slip Trailing

I have been making pots all week. Until yesterday, when my son Tarick helped me put out 8 yards of mulch. Hot, tiring work. Today I did the final touches with the slip trailing. On many of the pots I do a beaded design, as well as dragonfly's. In the photo you can see my new cookie jar which has both types of slip trailing. I will fire my kiln tonight and should be glazing in the next few days.

We have decided to get a tent and go camping. We haven't been in years, since our old tent got moldy. Boy, is the list long on items needed to camp. Told my husband that we have to go for at least 5 days to make it worth while. Would love opinions on North Carolina campgrounds. Will probably go a number of times this summer.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Very Happy Day

Today I unloaded my kiln and was very happy with a number of pieces. This bowl was as very pleasant surprise. It was done with a spray on technique. I also really like the teapot and cups. The rest of the pieces were a part of a bridal set that I just completed.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Back to work

Back in the studio throwing some pots. I am extremely low on large pieces, so today I did a few large urns. They require quite a bit of strength so I am only able to handle a few at a time. The large pieces are actually two medium pieces attached together. My arms feel like noodles right now. The weather is getting warmer and since I don't have air conditioning in my studio, I will have to start getting up earlier in the morning to work. I counted my shows for the fall and realized that I really need to keep working this summer at the same speed. Don't know where I will store everything.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Flower Pots

I haven't been making any pots the last few days. Yesterday I went shopping for our Neighborhood Luau, which is Saturday. Today I went shopping for flowers and planted them in my new flower pots I had made recently. Tonight I will fire a bisque load in my kiln. Then Thursday I will glaze. Most of the next two loads will be pieces for the commission order for a bridal gift. I hope to have them finished by next week.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I was at the Ballantyne Inspire Art Festival today. Traffic was light, then the thunderstorm hit and we were closed down. I am scheduled to be back there tomorrow, but it may be cancelled due to rain. Hopefully not. After this weekend, I don't have anymore shows this summer. I may go to the farmers market a few Saturday's over the summer. If you want to know when I plan to do that, send me an email and I will put you on my alert list.

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Colors

I unloaded the kiln load with my new colors. I tested on this platter the new red and green. I really like the red. The green is more turquoise, which I already have. I will have to try again to get a mossy green.

Tomorrow and Sunday I am at the Inspire Ballantyne Art Festival. Hopefully we will have good weather. I am running it alone Saturday since my husband is at a Golf Tournament today and tomorrow. My oldest son who is home from college may help out some.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Unloaded Kiln Today

I unloaded my kiln today and felt pretty good about it. The Seafoam Green glazed pieces in the upper half are for the Greensboro Historical Museum Gift Shop (my first time selling pieces outside of shows) I am pretty excited about it. The two urns on the far right were tests for the new Ash glazes. Didn't come out like I expected but I will keep experimenting.

I filled my kiln right back up with some more pieces today. I am testing a new red and a green in this batch. Most of the other pieces are for a commissioned wedding gift. I will post a photo of the whole set when I am finished.

Got another call today about my teapot on display at the Charlotte Douglas Airport. Reminds me that I need to make more teapots. Maybe tomorrow?

*Click on the photo to see pieces in better detail*

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Today I glazed . Mostly the pieces going to the Greensboro Historical Museum Gift Shop. They are to be picked up next week, so I hope everything works out. I also tried out 2 new Ash glazes. Hopefully they won't run too much and cause problems. Tomorrow will be fun, seeing how everything turns out. I will try to get pictures up then.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

First Blog Post

Here it goes. I have been asked at every show whether I have a website and I have had to say no. Until now. I asked around and a number of other potters have blogs and looking into it I felt that I would enjoy blogging. I hope that you enjoy my posts.

I have been going to shows now for 6 weeks straight with this weekend being the last event scheduled for this Spring. I am exhausted working every weekend and all week making pottery to catch up on stock. Besides the shows I have 2 large orders to fill. After next week I believe that I will finish the orders and be able to take a week off (if I choose).

Tomorrow I will be glazing and I should have the batch out of the kiln by Thursday and perhaps I will have photos on my blog by Friday morning.

I am also planning to set up an etsy account soon so that customers can purchase items outside of shows. That said, I am always happy to send you photos of pieces available for sale, or even do commission orders.