Thursday, April 25, 2013

More hand building

Yesterday I did quite a bit.  I made 4 slab built oil and vinegar bottles, a casserole, another long fruit bowl and a punch bowl.  I will still need to make 8 cups to go with it.  There is already a ladle that should fit it.  Today I met with fellow pottery guild members to discuss the administrative side of the pottery business.  It was a good day getting others thoughts on photography, pricing, wholesale, etc.

This weekend we go to our cabin near Bat Cave, NC.  Our plan is to work on the shed we are building, but rain is forecast all weekend.  We are hoping that it starts late Saturday and we can get some work done.

Next week I will be back to work trying to get enough pieces for the Claymatters Pottery Festival.   I am going to mix up a few more glazes and can't wait to glaze again.

Monday, April 22, 2013

New pots fresh out of the kiln

Yesterday I unloaded the kiln.  It contained test pieces of my new glazes.  Check out the video for more.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fun, Fun, Fun

Still having fun in the studio.  Yesterday I prepared the slabs for these three pieces and today I put them together.  Afterwards I loaded the bisque kiln.  Tomorrow I will mix up my new glazes and Thursday I will glaze my first load with the new colors.  The first load will by a test so nothing really time consuming will go into it.  I can't wait until I can glaze the pieces I made this week.

Saturday I purchased a new (used) booth display.  It includes pedestals, curtains and a lighting system.  I can't wait to set it up and see how everything looks.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

So Happy to be creative again

I am so happy to be back to creating. This weekend I decided to just have fun.  The weather was great all weekend and while my husband worked on the yard I "worked" in the studio.  In a few weeks I hope to have enough items to do my first glaze load with the new glazes.  I signed up for the Clay Matters Festival on May 11th and I hope to be ready with my new work.  I also need to make more work for all the galleries.

I would wish I could get some good photos of the nicer pots for new business cards before the first show but I am not sure it will happen.  I am also considering a new booth display and new signage.    I don't want to rush it but it's hard to not move forward.  This year is supposed to be all about starting over with a whole new look.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My First YouTube Video

I made my first YouTube video yesterday.  There is a challenge from our local clay guild to produce an instructional video.  For the last year I have been thinking that I should make one but this pushed me to get it done.  The video is 15 minutes and takes the viewer from throwing, designing a rim, trimming and punching the holes.  It was alot of work in filming, editing and loading onto YouTube (took 5 hours to upload) but I think worth it.  I will probably do it again.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Today was a very exhausting day for my oldest son and I.  First we packed up the 155 plates for the restaurant order. You can see them stacked on the far side of the studio.

Next we cleaned the studio.  I wish I had taken a before photo so that you can understand how much cleaner it is.  There were boxes and bubble wrap that I had been collecting from neighbors over the last few months.  The boxes to cut up and place between every two plates for extra protection.  Usually my son parks his car on the far side but the last month I had taken it over to glazing.
I decided to empty the table that usually holds all the full boxes of pottery and booth display items and use it for the slab roller.  For the last few month I have been using it on the glaze table and removing it when I needed to glaze.  I placed the (now empty) boxes, etc. on the floor in front of the shelving units.

You can see that my wedging table is still a mess but my body just couldn't handle wedging.  During the last month working on the plates I just kept stacking bags of clay scraps aside.  You can't see it but there is also a stack in front of the wheel on the floor.
The glaze tables over the last year had gotten stacked with miscellaneous items (flawed pottery, parts for the extruder, and other junk)

We finished up by wiping down and mopping the whole studio.  My husband came home tonight and asked if I went out of business. LOL

Tomorrow I will start filling up my green ware carts again.  I would like to show my new work at the Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Festival on May 11th.