We have certainly all been faced with new challenges in 2020. I hadn’t got my clay order in on time and my kiln is under repair, therefore I have been not able to make or fire any work. I have the time to update my social media accounts, do some drawing and experimenting with some of my craft supplies.
In my efforts to collect beach stones I have ventured out over last year, in some pretty chilly weather. Bundled up with winter coat, water boots and earmuffs during the late fall and early spring, and during the summer it quickly changes to shorts, tee shirt and flip flops ( my favorite) . Below is a picture of my rock collecting gear, include bucket, water boots, sunglasses, head band, pales, and bags….I do look interesting.
It has been a wonderful summer, full of great weather, great friends and quite a few trips to the beach….my new office. Trips to the “office” have a purpose other than soaking up the waves and sun. My new work requires a lot of beach stones, the more the better. There are certain specs that have to be met, before I toss them in the sand pail. Flat-oval-thin. Black, white, green, or red. Occasionally a stray stone, one considered “amazing” will find its way to the pail.
My new obsession is just an extension to my old beach combing days. I felt a sense of urgency last week, as the water and weather will be getting colder, and it will not be a place for flip-flops for another 6 months.
It took nearly a year of sketching, day dreaming, imagining and collecting “just the right beach stones”, but we finally have it. I am quite happy with how things turned out. Each piece was thrown on the wheel, trimmed, carved and worked on to create a channel. Then each was burnished, fired, glazed inside only and fired again. The finishing touches are placed in the channel when complete.
Like most of the country winter has been difficult here. Sometimes after snow removal projects there is little energy and desire to do studio work. Some work got done, maybe more than I realized. New ideas are swirling in my head, we will see where that goes. Most of the time I feel a bit frazzled because I feel very far behind.
Below are some photos of new Patio Lanterns, the will be in two sizes and two colors….for now.
I am currently wrapping up my preparations for the largest craft fair that I participate in . The League of NH Craftsmen Fair, located at the base of Mt. Sunapee, in Newbury NH. Aug 2- Aug 10. 10-5:00 each day.
I have been creating work for the fair for 6 months now. Some pieces are similar to years past, but of coarse we have a few new items too.
Small Bird Baths and Smokey Owls are new this year. If you can make it to the fair, please stop by booth 440 and say hello!