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.
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.
December 7, 12-5
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.