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!
I am no fan of winter, I find it a distracting time and usually don’t get much studio work done. This year I am off to a better start than usual, thankfully. Below are some photos of work drying……Actually the truth is, I like my pottery more before its fired and glazed. There is something about the clay itself that I love.
November is a sure reminder that winter is on its way. They best part of November are warmer days, 50 and 60 degree days make me smile. The wild birds are at the feeders entertaining us. The squirrel is also at the feeder, annoying my dog Penny.
Though I missed my intended deadlines, I managed to make my final holiday delivery yesterday…..what a great feeling. I have a new place to sell my work. Its not a gallery, but a florist in Dunstable MA, Rose of Sharon. A lovely country florist, quit sweet.
I am also doing one last show for the season. I have been asked to participate with friends on December 7th at the Picker Building Holilday Market, in Nashua NH. The Picker Building is where I once taught pottery classes at the Out on a Limb Pottery and made numerous friends in the building. I am greatful to be included in this event filled with incredibly talented artists.
I enjoy what I do, working with clay, working for myself….it allows freedom, so they say. I think it requires an incredible amount of planning. Planning for shows, creating new work, supplying galleries. Making sure they are all set for the holiday season and the gardening season. My brain feels a bit frazzled now and then. But its all okay, I love it.
Almost every firing has a surprise or two. Not always a good surprise, but over the years one just accepts the fact that the ugly stuff goes to the trash. Now and again, a wonderful surprise happens when testing glazes and I cant believe how great something came out.
Sometimes something tips over in the firing. I use stilts under some of my items so that it can be glazed on the bottom of the piece as well. (We usually dont glaze the bottom of pots, bowls and mugs, because they stick to the kiln shelf) (Actually stick is an understatement….become part of the kiln self is more acurate). Recently while firing some bird feeders, one of the stilts failed and now we have two feeders forever stuck to eachother. Not sure if these two will hit the trash barrel, or I might just put them in a tree and fill them with seed. The birds and chipmunks dont care….the people care more about what the feeder looks like 🙂
I am completely out of clay, but most galleries are stocked for the upcoming sales season. Hopefully next week new clay will arrive and I can start making some small porcelain bowls that have become quite popular. At this time only two galleries carry them, and well, my studio also has them…..please keep me in mind this fall/winter when your doing your holiday shopping.