Pulling these baking dishes out of the kiln tonight. It’s crazy how quickly work goes from wet clay to finished product lately. I used to fire MAYBE once a month, now that I have my own kiln, it runs whenever I can fill it up. I’ve been firing about 2x/week. Newer potters, when it’s time to grow, you’ll know. Happy Monday to all!
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Today I am t i r e d. Projects are progressing nicely, kiln is running again, that’s all I’ve got for ya. Happy Sunday- kick your feet up if you can. •
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Pots are drying slower than molasses in this gloomy weather. This batch is headed for @philoridgefarm to be sold in their beautifully renovated farm store. •
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NEXT FRIDAY I’ll be at Needles Up, hosted by @legacyfiberartz. I’ll have lots of mugs in a wide variety of designs. I’ll also have • goblets • espresso mugs • serving bowls • soap dishes • pitchers • mixing bowls • vases
What are you most excited about seeing at Needles Up?
After this market, I’ve got my sights set on a website update for all of you to get a head start on your holiday shopping! Date TBD
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All in a nights work. I posted earlier about my current job situation, and figured I’d record tonight’s making to show you what a post-work session looks like. On weeknights, unless I’m really in a groove, I’ll generally work from 6:30-9:00ish, give or take. Ill finish up pieces thrown the day before, and throw small batches of new pieces- never more than I can reasonably finish the next day by 9:00 🤫. Weekends are when the real production work happens. On a weekend day I’ll work for sometimes 8-10 hours, with some breaks sprinkled in there for eating and breathing and existing outside of the studio. This weekend I have a very special treat- I’ve decided to hire some very part time help, so I’ll have some extra hands in here to assist with non-throwing tasks! Yowza!
Holiday production kind of has my head spinning. Between custom work, wholesale work and building stock for markets, it’ll be a busy few months in the studio.
Some of you may or may not know this, but I am a very part time potter. From 7:00 when I leave the house to 6:00 when I get home, I wear my advertising/account management hat. That doesn’t leave much time for making, and that means that my turnaround times can get gnarly. I appreciate you all understanding why the pace of my making is what it is. There are only so many hours in a day! •
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New work is out of the kiln and ready for Needles Up, and a small small website update next weekend. See my story for a sneak peek of what’s in stock!
The studio is booming with activity this morning. These mugs were thrown yesterday, handled the same day, and almost bone dry this morning. something I have the luxury of doing when the kiln is running is turning work around very quickly. It’s a blessing and a curse because I also need to make sure I’m ready to tend to pieces as soon as they are ready, as the hot environment is conducive to mega fast drying. •
These mugs are my first “no-trim” mugs. Meaning, I did enough finish work while they were still on the wheel, and threw them thinly enough that all they needed was a quick sponge around the bottom edge and that’s it. Removing a step saves me so much time, and in this case, doesn’t mean sacrificing quality.
An all time favorite marbling pattern has emerged from one of the bowls I threw yesterday (see two posts back for the video!) •
This next shop update will be riddled with kitchenware, cookware & serving wares. Some of my fondest holiday memories are my moms Mac and cheese being pulled out of the oven (hey mom), food being placed on the table that’s lined with friends and family, and nanas cherry cheesecake coming out of the fridge to a symphony of “ooooh” and “yes!”. Basically what I’m saying is that food is life. Love that stuff. Anyway, I’m making things that you can make things with! Ceramics for baking and prepping and serving. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve got for you! I’m thinking the website restock will be early November. Are you ready?!
Sunday ft. new mugs and a serving stone. Loving all of the different ways these stones can be used!
A clean studio makes for a very happy potter ✋🏽. Feeling motivated by my newly organized digs. I’m ready to crush some orders and make for my fall shop update (date TBD).
I am about to begin work on a 48 piece dinner set (that’s 12 full place settings) entirely in denim. This means manually wedging over 20 lbs of mason stain into 200lbs of clay. For reference, wedging 10lbs if colored clay takes me about 20 minutes. It’ll be hard, but oh my gosh it will be worth it. I can’t wait to see this set come to life!
This also means that I’ll probably be releasing some denim pieces onto my website soon!