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.
It amazes me how fast the year goes by. In the pottery world, when preparing for shows, we have to plan months ahead of time. We generally don’t fire our kiln unless it can be fully loaded, as it would be a waste of energy otherwise. We have to make our work, trim our work and let our work dry. (depending on the weather conditions, this could take over a week.) We then do our first firing, called the bisque. After that work cools, we then prepare and glaze our work for the second firing. If all goes well, we then pack our work for our next show or for gallery sales.
Here we are staring the Holiday Season in the face and I am certainly not ready. I have 3 small shows to prepare for, and several galleries that need stocking.
leries and shows. There will definitely be a few special added treasures as well.
Not always am I aware of where my inspiration comes from. Sometimes sketches, but more often the sights and images I observe during my day and life. Visits to the beach are always filled with shell hunting and perfect (in my opinion) beach stones. Sometimes I pick my head up long enough to take in other sights. I was fortunate enough to notice that some of my work mirrors or imitates some really great works of art, by nature and man.
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!
We wish for summer all year long, and when it comes I am completely distracted. I have taken two trips to the beach already, and find myself lost in my gardens. I am finding my to-do list growing by leaps and bounds.
I continue to create work for the League of NH Craftsmen fair in August, but I have given myself a deadline concerning the fair as June 30. Firing an electric kiln during our summer brown-outs quite annoying….and who needs that.
Castles, toad houses and some new owl pieces are in the works. Keep an eye on my Facebook Page to get the most up to date happenings.
Spring. We wait and wait all winter in hope that spring will come sooner than later. Well for here in the North East and much of the country, spring is having a difficult time arriving.
Many of us tend to look into our seed and flower catalogs (or on line) with high hopes. I to, wonder what the possibilities will be. New plantings, replacement plants, mulch , a of coarse weeds.
Over the winter I created some interesting pinch pots. I loved them, but what can they be used for? During a recent trip to my local garden center I spied some air plants being displayed in assorted containers, and I thought….of coarse. Perfect!