Monday, November 29, 2010

Dragonfly Vase

Hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving.  I spent my weekend in Greensboro at the Craftsmen Classic.  Sales were down a bit, which is always disappointing.  I took a photo of this vase that I took out of the kiln just before leaving for the show.  I thought it was great, but alas it did not find a new home.  Maybe this weekend in Marion at the Appalacian Potters Market.

I spent Thanksgiving setting up for the show and had a feast at Golden Corral for lunch, with my mom.  Today she left for home(Montana, Brrr) and I will miss having her here.  She came for 2 1/2 months to help me with my fall shows.

Today I glazed my Sunrise line.  I was low on this line since I took a number of pieces over to Ruby's Gift Shop in NoDa last week.  I will probably throw tomorrow for the last time this month. After this Saturday, I only have the Raleigh show, then I can have a break for the holidays.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Craftsmen Classic

Last weekend was the Seagrove Pottery Festival.  Here is a photo of about a third of the pots up for Auction.  Mine is number 61.  I wanted it to stand out from the rest and I think it did.  The festival was great.  Lots of pottery lovers during the weekend and had great weather.

The last three days I have been stocking up for this weekend. I will be at the Craftsmen Classic in Greensboro.  Follow the link for discount entry coupon. This is a great show to find gifts for friends and family.  Or even for yourself.

I would like to encourage everyone that has a piece of mine, to enter the photo contest.  So far no one has  entered and I really would love to see some photos of you enjoying your pots. 

Also, please "like" New Day Pottery on Facebook.  That way you can get updates on what I am doing & see photos of new work (I actually post more photos there)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Large Vases

These are the three large vases that I unloaded from the kiln this morning.  I was so happy that none of them stuck to the kiln shelf.  The one in the middle was of the most concern, if you follow my blog you already know that this glaze likes to run and ruin my favorite pieces. 

I packed up for the Seagrove Pottery Festival and will leave tomorrow afternoon to get set up.

Fall is in the air.  I am looking out my window and thinking that the leaves are so beautiful right now.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Glazed Double Rim Bowl

Today I made some more squished pitchers and brie bakers.  Two different galleries need some more pitchers and I am getting low on stock for my shows as well.  I glazed a load and there are 4 large vases that were glazed and I can't wait to see them.

This double rimmed bowl turned out well.  I will probably do some more like this.

I hope my clay arrives soon.  I only have enough for one more day of work.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Seagrove Auction Piece

As promised, I am giving a sneak peak of the piece that will be auctioned off at the Seagrove Pottery festival.  The dragonfly slip trailing cannot be seen very well in this photo.  I noticed that most of the pieces last year were either vases or bowls, so I wanted to try to do something unique.  My booth is in the first tent, about 1/2 way down the right side.

Today I took a break and went with my mom to the Southern Christmas Show.  We had a great time, but I need to get back to work tomorrow.

By the way, my kiln is running again and I have already done a bisque and a glaze load in it. Yea.  Now I just hope the clay order comes soon.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Small Treasures

Tonight was the opening reception for the "Small Treasures" show at Mint Hill Arts.  I attended with my mom and we saw a bunch of great art. I was excited to see that I have already sold one piece.  If you are looking for affordable art for yourself or a gift for someone else, this is the place to shop. This show lasts until the end of the month. In August the gallery was moved next door and it is now an exceptional space. Next month is the Juried Competition and I am working on a piece to enter.

Today my thermocupler for my kiln expired. So, Mike from Carolina Clay was so kind as to bring me a new one on his way home from work.  I am hoping that my husband can install it tomorrow while I am at the Carolina Pottery Festival.  It is supossed to be a easy fix, so hopefully I'll be back to work glazing on Sunday morning.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Blue Vase

I have finally finished packing up my home sale, plus all the new pieces that were glazed this week.  This vase was a favorite.  There were also 3 Happy Birthday plates that I made at the suggestion from my friend Tori.  I had given her one at the birth of her 6th child and she says that the children love it.  There is a photo of them on my facebook page.

Tomorrow night I will be going to the reception at Mint Hill Arts.  The show this month is "Small Treasures". This show includes art that is affordable for Christmas gifts.  I entered eight pieces in the show.  The show will run until the end of November.  If you happen to be in the area you should stop by and see it.

Saturday I will be at the Carolina Pottery Festival in Shelby.  I really like this show because I have a chance to see some really great pots.

Today was a sad day.  The glaze on this vase ran and stuck to the kiln shelf. This happens to me quite often with this glaze and I would give it up iif I didn't like to look of it so much.

Next weekend I go to the Seagrove Pottery Festival.  Early in the week I will post a photo of the piece I will be entering in the Auction.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Handled Bowls

The last few weeks I have been glazing like crazy.  This morning I got the last two handled bowls out and thought it would be cool to photograph them all on my coffee table.  This morning I threw more egg separators and then glazed and loaded the kiln.  Tomorrow morning I will get the last load done for this coming weekend. 

I will be at the Carolina Pottery Festival at the Fairgrounds in Shelby, NC. on Saturday.  This is a great pottery festival with lots of unique pottery.

Check out my facebook page for photos of other pieces that have come out of the kiln recently.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Platters with Imprints

Tomorrow is my Studio Sale.  Everything is set up and ready.  All I have left to do is bake some cookies, warm the brie, make the cider and put out the balloons and signs. 

Yesterday my work was interupted by a flood from our shower.  There was a break in our sewer line that had filled up with either mud or tree roots.  We were doing laundry and it backed up very quickly.

The rectangular platter was one of my attempts at hand building.  I really like the dragonfly imprints.  Hopefully this week I can make some more like it with different shapes and imprints.  I need to get a slab roller soon, since now I am using a rolling pin to roll out the slab.

I have also been working on adding new textures to my pieces.  These leaves were made by using a drawer knob as a stamp.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Double Rimmed Bowl

It has been a busy week, setting up for my home show, throwing, glazing and firing.  Today I experimented with a double rim on my bowls.  This was my favorite one.  Later today I will unload the kiln and reload.  Earlier in the week I made some nice vases (see my facebook page for a photo).

Tomorrow I will glaze the platter I am making for the Seagrove Pottery Festival Auction.