Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New stamp

I loaded the kiln for the last time this year.  I was glad that all the pieces I needed for the Sanford Festival this weekend fit in the kiln.  You can see some of the yarn bowls that I have been making lately plus a cake stand/chip & dip.  At the Seagrove Pottery Festival a few weeks ago I had two cake plates and two different customers mentioned the possiblity of turning it over and using for a chip & dip.  So this time I made sure to glaze the area inside the pedestal portion for that purpose.

A few weeks ago at the Seagrove Pottery Festival there was a booth in our tent that was selling wood stamps.  My husband ordered me these stamps to mark my pieces.  In a few months I will try them out, but the sample looks good.

In a few weeks I will be heading to Montana to visit my family over Christmas, then I will be staying there for a month to take care of my mother during recovery from knee replacement surgery.  So the business will be closed from December 15th-January 31st.  After I return I look forward to experimenting with new designs and glazes.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Carolina Pottery Festival

Saturday I had a booth at the Carolina Pottery Festival in Shelby, NC.  The crowds were good and I met some nice pottery lovers.  I just love it when a favorite piece of mine goes to a new home.

Today I went to a workshop given by our guild.  The presentor was Allison McGowan.  She handbuilds using soft forms.  I would like to try her handbuilt feet, using a thrown pot instead of a handbuilt one.  I am not sure when I will be able to try it. Maybe this week if the weather is good. 

Last week I did so much glazing, there won't be much need for many more pieces.  So, I will glaze one load tomorrow and be done for the week.  Next weekend is the Seagrove Pottery Festival.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Finished Glazing

This is it.  I have finally finished glazing.  For this week anyway.  These three tall vases were the last to come out. I usually make at least 3 at a time to fill half the kiln so that I don't have wasted space. The other half I stack to the top with smaller pieces.  This is the first time that I felt all three pieces glazed the way I wanted.  Usually either glaze runs and sticks a pot to the shelf or the glaze isn't even or the right color.

Tomorrow I head to Shelby for the Carolina Pottery Festival.  This is usually a great show with lots of great customers. My husband will help setup and stay to help until 2, then he will drive up to Kings Mountain to drop off 2 boxes of pottery for the "Art for Christmas" show at the Depot.  This show lasts thru December and will feature great art that makes great gifts.

Tonight is the reception for the Mint Hill Arts "Small Treasures" show from 7-9.  This show also features art items that are great gifts.  I have entered 7 items and hope to go to the reception.  I am looking for some wall art for my house so perhaps I will find that special piece.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My attempt at handbuilding

At least 6 months ago I made this funny jar.  It was an attempt to make a handbuilt triangle shaped item.  Not sure what it could be used for other than to look at since the hole on top is very small.  I decided this week to glaze as many of my experiments from this year as I could get in the kiln. Notice the previous post.  Also I posted some photos on my Facebook page of some more of those pieces. 

There are still 2 more glaze loads to come out this week.  Tomorrow will have my piece for the Seagrove auction, plus the multi-colored dragonfly line(really need a name for that line). The last glaze load will have the big pieces thrown a few weeks ago.  I am excited to see them finished.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Countdown to the Carolina Pottery Festival

Only 5 days left until the Carolina Pottery Festival in Shelby.  I have been glazing this week to get ready for it as well as the "Art for Christmas" show in Kings Mountain that starts next week.

 I finally got around to glazing the piece I made after the Neil Patterson workshop(pedestal bowl in the front). I like how it turned out.  After the bisque fire there was a small crack where the two pieces of the bowl came together, but the glaze filled it in and it looks great now.