It’s a tradition for us. The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is held the last full weekend in April and we fire the wood kiln just before it so we can have a full kiln of work to unload the Saturday evening of the event with a big party. And this year was no different. The weather was a little cooler than we’d hoped for, but you have to take what you get.
We had a wonderful crowd for the kiln opening party and love all the help unloading the kiln. Thanks everybody for making this firing and the tour a wonderful success.
Spent a little time today working on another round of oblong vases. I made the first batch of these nearly a year ago and after firing them in March I was really pleased with the results. Some have a stamped plug on them, some don’t… but they all have these full of personality handles.
This morning we held a beginning pottery/handbuilding class where the participants made fairy houses. Attendees seemed to have a great time and it was fun to see the various ways they embellished them and made them uniquely theirs. Read more
Legend has it that if you build a fairy home and leave it in your garden, you might attract a fairy into your domain… Yet, even if you don’t believe in fairies, this is a great creative project that will warm the heart of any person who loves miniature projects and pretty things for the garden. It’s also a great project for kids with some adult help. Read more
The last few days of February were spent firing our wood kiln. Read more
These last couple weeks of November and the first week in December are always busy with Holiday sales and this year is no different. I’ve been working like a mad woman (not much of a stretch really) on ornaments and a good selection of mugs for my upcoming holiday events.
I’ve been having a little fun lately with small slab pieces and glass frit. Here is the latest result.
This past weekend was the second session of the two session Beginning Handbuilding/Raku class we held here. Everybody seemed to have a great time. There were some really pleasing results, some disappointments and lots of fun.
Hoping to offer this class again in October.
One of the great benefits of the 100 mug challenge I did earlier this year was a wide variety of mugs for both the wood kiln and the electric kiln. It’s a great opportunity to try similar glaze themes on different styles to see how the designs work on the different shapes.
This is my first summer as a fully self employed person. I’d previously spent many years working full time doing other things while being a potter part time as well. Beginning as a young teen I worked summers full time while school was out and upon graduation, began a full time job. Working through the summers my entire adult life as well. So…it’s tempting to spend most of this summer like most the others of my life immersed in my work (though now more enjoyable work).