Today was the first day at Christmas Made in the South. It was a good day. What was really nice was that I had visits from previous customers. Nothing is more satisfying as hearing that someone enjoyed a piece so much that the had to come back to see me about getting something else.
Tomorrow my husband will be dropping off the order to Blackhawk Hardware for me. To see a photo of the pieces, check out my facebook page.
I knew that this Fall would be busy, but I wasn't really anticipating orders. I am glad that I stocked up on bisque ware. Next week I will get back to throwing. My Fall Studio Sale is in 2 weeks and from then on I will be going to a show every weekend thru the second week in December. Whew, I don't think I was thinking when I applied for all these shows.
Today I set up for the Christmas Made in the South, then I went to the Ruby's Gift Gallery in NoDa to set up a case full of pottery. Ruby's is a new gallery, filled with local artists. I think that it has alot of potential. NoDa is a Historic Arts District here in Charlotte.
Later I unloaded the kiln and these are a couple of the pieces I really liked. A number of pieces are in the red and black glaze. I will take them with me tomorrow to the show.
A few weeks back I got some forms and have been experimenting with hand built trays. These two trays were done in the same form with the same glaze, but I tried different textures. I look forward doing some more hand building.
This has been a very busy couple weeks. I have glazed almost every day. Today I unloaded the kiln again and reloaded. Then I packed up for Christmas Made in the South which I set up for tomorrow morning. In the last few weeks I have gotten 2 separate orders. One was from Blackhawk Hardware (I know what your thinking, and I am not sure how they will sell there either) The other is from the Rubies Gift Gallery in NoDa. I have to go there after setting up for the Christmas show tomorrow, to set up my area in the Gallery.
This week I have been glazing like crazy. I still have 2 more loads to do. The handled bowl in the photo has red and blue glaze, which I do not usually do. The Chip and Dip is something fairly new. I will have 3 for the show next week. This one, one in the Dragonfly glaze and one in the Twighlight glaze.
Today I put a bisque load in the kiln. In it there are some new rectangular trays. I hope to glaze some next week. Mostly it is full of small items that I have been trying to catch up on all week.
Last Saturday I had a booth at the Carolina Claymatters Barn Sale. The weather was great and we had a great turn out. I always enjoy this show because I know most of the potters in the Guild.
The next week and a half I will be glazing for the Christmas Made in the South show in Concord. Today I started with the Sunrise series. This glaze is sprayed on. The yellow is sprayed first and and red is sprayed on as accent color. Tomorrow I will do the Fiesta Line. I will also be throwing lots of spoon rests, egg separators and tea rests. I have been selling more than I anticipated, so any that I made this summer are either all gone or almost gone. After that show, I will have 3 weeks to get stocked up for the 5 shows in a row. I will not have much time for anything but glazing between shows.
Unloaded the kiln today and these were some of my favorite pieces. Last weekend at the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival the Dragonfly line was very popular, so most of this load had dragonfly's. I am getting ready for the Carolina Claymatters Barn Sale this coming Saturday, here in Charlotte.
I also made some vases and platters today. You can see the vases on my facebook page. You might want to "like" New Day Pottery, so that you get updates of what I am doing. I try not to have my blog and facebook page be the same.
A few weeks ago I picked up some forms & stamps from Vicki Gill. She was cleaning out some of her inventory to make space. Here are three of the pieces I made today. Mostly I just want to see if they will make it thru to glazing without warping. I still need to add the beading along the rim.
One of the tips Vicki had, was to fill socks lined with plastic bags with sand, and lay down on the platter during drying. My mom helped me fill the socks. It is not a one person job.