April Firing

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.

It’s a Wrap

Ahhhh… sitting with my feet up just basking in the feeling of having a big event behind me.

Yesterday was the last day of our annual Bluff Country Studio Art Tour.  While the event is just one weekend, we’ve managed to make it into a multi-week event here at the studio.  You know how it gets – it starts out a simple thing and then you gradually keep making it more and more and before you know it… it’s taking up several weeks of your life.  But I love it!!  It’s the kick off to our summer sale season so worth starting out big, right?

The weekend before the tour, we fired to wood kiln so it could be opened during the tour with a kiln opening and pizza party.  It’s always fun to be able to share the pleasure of opening a kiln and the surprise and wonder discovering what is found inside.  

So, on Saturday evening, with the help of a great group of friends, we unloaded the kiln fired the previous weekend and it was fabulous to see the results.  The firing was longer than usual and the results were wonderful.  The occasional peek inside while it was cooling did not do this load justice.  

 
Here are some photos of a few of my favorites.

Ok – no more time for basking.  It’s time to get back to work again.  Be well.  Have a great week.

The Morning After…Woodfiring

It’s the morning after a woodfiring.  I’ve gotten a good nights sleep, my morning caffeine, the second coating of lotion on my heat dried skin, assessed the injuries incurred during firing and gotten a second round of Ibuprofen into my system.  Just an hour away from being right as rain.  🙂

Having now completed our 11th firing I feel like we’ve arrived at a process that works well for us.  Instead of doing everything in one four day weekend, we’ve spread the tasks out a bit.  One weekend I glaze everything I think will fit in the kiln and then some.  The following Friday is spent wadding the pots and loading the kiln.  Then after a good nights sleep, Saturday morning the kiln is lit and we  fire into mid-day Sunday.  The weekend after that we unload.  



It’s a lot of work but so worth it.  Today, I’ll be loading a glaze load in the electric kiln to get one more load done for the the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour next weekend.  I’m a potter, it’s what we do – always have one more load to get done before something. 

Have a great week. 

ps – 
Peeking in the wood kiln will begin on Wednesday and it will be unloaded on Saturday evening during our kiln opening party.

Another Pottery Sale Season Ending

Wow, another sale season has come and gone again.  Seems like I was just setting up for the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour which is my first big event each year. Yesterday was the last day of my Holiday Mud and Suds Sale with my sister Jackie of Wishy Washy Soap Company which is always our big season finale.  


My last glaze kiln load is running right now with  orders I need to deliver before Christmas.  After that, I’ll be able to have a big sigh of relief and move on to planning my 2014 season.  I’m excited about some new changes coming up and a second season of the Lanesboro Area Art Trail

In the meantime, it’s staying warm and waiting for the kiln to finish up.  

Have a great week.

Whew!  The last couple weeks were pretty hectic.  But in the good way.  


Monday, April 22nd we fired the wood kiln which had some challenging moments but ultimately, went very well. Here are some photos of my favorite pieces.

 
 
 
 
 

Last weekend we participated in the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour as well as our annual kiln opening and pizza partyIt’s fun to have lots of people come together and have them experience the same excitement of unloading all the wonderful surprises in the kiln.  Add pizza to the mix and how can you go wrong?

 
 

Now, after a few days to recover from all the activity, I’m ready to get back in the studio tomorrowA custom order of dinnerware and some horsehair raku sound like a good starting point.  Have a great weekend all.

Post Firing Post

We closed up the wood kiln this morning at 10am.  Despite a troubled period in the middle of the firing (stall and wood stacks getting rained on) this firing went fairly well.  Cones in the bottom and top of the kiln are amazingly similar in maturity which is something I’ve been striving for and don’t always achieve.  So while I didn’t feel it in my 2am delirium, I think this firing shows great promise.  We’ll be unloading during the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour this coming weekend, visit if you’d like to see the results first hand.  Click here for info on the kiln opening party.

You might wonder what a person does the day after a 24 hour kiln firing?  Well, after the best shower in the world and a post firing nap, I had to deal with my excess pot wadding.  I seem to have this nearing neurotic fear of not having enough wadding so I always make too much.   While that normally might be considered a good thing, my wadding mix has oat bran in it that causes the wadding to get nasty smelly and furry in just a couple days.  I don’t usually find the excess wadding until a couple weeks later when it’s absolutely gross.  But not this time, I spent my post firing afternoon, making little wad balls, hoping I can get them to dry before they go bad.  Sad huh?

Now for the post firing beer…
  

Art Tour Coming Up

Woohoo!! Spring like weather may actually make it to Minnesota!!  Well, whether the spring like weather arrives or not, the annual spring Bluff Country Studio Art Tour definitely will. 


This event for us is the kick off to our summer sale season.  It’s the time I have the largest inventory of the year and since it’s at our studio, I don’t need to only bring part of it to a sale because I don’t have room for all of it in the 10×10 space sales allow.  It’s your best opportunity to find the perfect pot you’ve been looking for or maybe one you didn’t even know you needed before you saw it.

Please join us for the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour

April 26 – 28, 2013
10am – 5pm
40051 Co Rd 12
Lanesboro, Minnesota
link to tour map below


Also during the tour, we’ll be having a kiln opening party on Saturday, April 27th starting at 5:00.  We’ll unload the wood kiln to see the new treasures it holds, socialize (its a party!!!) and enjoying delicious pizzas from our cob oven.  Everyone is welcome so I sure hope you can join us.

For a map to all tour locations click HERE.  I’m at location #22 on the map.

Kiln Opening Party Slideshow Video

During the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour last month, we hosted a kiln opening party.  It was a great time to have so many people around to share my “Christmas morning” and a few beers. Watching the video, it appears I spent most of the time making faces, but I swear in each of the photos I was actually talking so it was just motor mouth funny faces, not “I’m a dork” funny faces.  Honestly!!!

Catching up

I haven’t written anything in a while because I’ve been super busy.  No apologies, just got lots of things to get ya all caught up on happenings here.


Two weekends ago, we fired the wood kiln with a load we planned to unload during the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour the following weekend.  We had great weather and the firing went well.  This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday we had a great time hosting visitors during the studio tour, even if the weather was cold and windy.  On Saturday night, a couple dozen friends and clients joined us for a kiln opening party.  Our favorite people, good food, wine & beer and a kiln opening – what could be better?  





I’m working on a slide show of all the wonderful photos and video friends took during the party.  But in the meantime, enjoy these teaser photos. 

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour



The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is just two short weeks away and I’m still busy making new pieces to have available for this fabulous event. Here is all the information you’ll need to visit our studio during the tour.  

Where:      Sue Pariseau Pottery at Old Crow Studio
Location:   40051 County Road 12, Lanesboro, MN
When:        Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2012
Time:          10am – 5pm each day

Link to map
   & follow the signs to location

We are also hosting a special event during the art tour – We’re having a Kiln Opening Party!! Please join us on Saturday, April 28th from 5pm to 8pm for all the oos and ahs while we unload the kiln.  We’ll be serving pizza and you’ll get the first opportunity to purchase pots fresh out of the kiln.

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour’s blog

Repost from Bluff Country Studio Art Tour Blog

 

Artists Stop #8

Artists Stop #8 on the 2012 Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is where you will find Sue Pariseau Pottery.  Sue’s functional stoneware can be  found at 40051 County Rd 12, Lanesboro, Minnesota.   Her work  features a diverse palette ranging from beautiful earthy wood fired pieces to brightly colored oxidation pieces and many shades in between.



Saturday evening (April 28th) from 5pm to 8pm Sue will be hosting a Kiln Opening party to unload her bourry box wood-fired kiln. For those who have seen or will see the kiln firing at Allamakee Wood-fired Pottery, this is a nice follow-up event to see the unloading of a kiln.  Plus, you’ll have the first opportunity to buy pots fresh out of the kiln.




Don’t miss this activity packed tour stop, the kiln opening party or the opportunity to grab fresh pots just out of the kiln.

What’s New?

Well… let’s see.  Since most of my winter is devoted to making new inventory for summer sales, that’s where most of my time has been spent.  But nobody can be a slave to their summer inventory, right??


Last night I ran the first glaze firing I’ve done in nearly three months.  While it’s great to spend all the time just making, I really miss the part where you get to unload finished pieces.  Right now the kiln is a little too hot to unload, but that never stops me from peeking.  🙂  




My shelves of bisque ware for oxidation firing are nearly full and I’ve got enough bisque ware for at least one of the spring wood firings completed so far.  The next couple weeks will be spent making additional pieces for wood-firings before full scale glazing and firing begins.

 
It’s time to apply to summer sales.  Rochester, MN has a summer long weekly event called Thursdays on First & 3rd.  I’ve attended this event as a shopper in the past and it’s always seemed well organized and well attended.  Today I mailed my application to be a vendor at a few of the dates this summer.  So… I’m super excited about adding this event to my show calendar.  

That about it.  Next up… more throwing, blogging for the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour and finalizing handouts for my wood fire workshop in late May. 

Tour Review


Last weekend at the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour we had great traffic even through the weather was less than cooperative. In addition to tour visitors, several neighbors stopped by to take the opportunity to visit the wonderfully restored stone school house we were using as our display space for the weekend. The Highland Store and Cafe provided fabulous treats for our visitors and breakfast for Kevin and I. We are so grateful for everyone who stopped to visit us last weekend and for the priceless Bluff Country gem of the Highland Store.

Thanks everybody visiting us at the Grubtown School during the tour… hope we see you again next year.

Be well.

Post Tour


Even though the weather was less than perfect, we had good traffic all weekend. Many pots have found their way to new homes, we had great food and met lots of new people. Thanks to everyone who stopped out to visit over the weekend and a special thank you to the Highland Store for doing such a fine job feeding our visitors. Thanks Vicky!!

Deep Sigh



I must admit to breathing a huge sigh of relief today after delivering my last custom order for the year. This nice collection of garlic keepers came out of the kiln this morning and were quickly delivered to the shop to be picked up. We celebrated this annual milestone by having an adult beverage and going out to dinner. Woo hoo!!!!

With that being completed, I hope to take the next couple weeks off before getting into a new cycle of throwing, trimming, firing, glazing and re-firing. About 80% of what I produce each year is thrown from January to March. I stockpile tubs of bisque pieces which I rely on during the summer when I’d rather be doing summer things. It’s just a process that works well for me.

Then poof – before you know it, it’s Spring. The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is upon us and my busy season begin.

Have a Merry Christmas everybody.

Art Tour Blog Feature

I’m the featured artist on the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour Blog. Click here to read the interview (must have been feeling a little chatty when I was writing the answers).


The 2011 Bluff Country Studio Art Tour will be held April 29 – May 1, 2011 and I can be found at the quaint stone school house called Grubtown School on Co Rd 12 southeast of Lanesboro. Check out the brochure and save the date on your calendar. I’d love to see you there.



Thanks!!

I just finished putting everything away following a wonderful weekend as one of the stops on the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour. The weather was a little dreary, but that didn’t seem to keep people away. I had a great time visiting with the folks that made their way out to the Grubtown School. One of my favorite parts about the tour is meeting and visiting with the interesting people touring the studios.

Thank you to everyone who stopped out – it was great to meet you!

Check out the awesome green and black glaze combo on the large bowl (and try not to notice the sleeping roadie on the couch getting a little rest before people show up. Roadies work really hard to help us put on events like this and when possible it’s good to let them get a little extra rest during slow times).

New from the Kiln this Morning

I was up bright and early this morning to unload a kiln full of glazed pieces. Didn’t even wait until I had breakfast first!! There were some very fun pieces in there and I couldn’t wait to see how they turned out. I’ve very pleased. Check them out…

Iron Red oblong vase with slip design
Glossy Green and Black reed diffuser
Glossy Green and White handled bowl
Glossy Green and Black Mugs
Sapphire Blue and White oblong platter

Most of these pieces will be available at the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour next weekend. Later, anything that hasn’t sold will make it’s way to my Etsy shop.

The kiln has been reloaded and I hope the things in this load will turn out as well as the one this morning.

One more week to go

Just one week until the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour and I’ve got a load of pots in the kiln just starting to heat up and at least one more load to go, maybe two. Always pushing it to the last minute. Oh well.


I’m having a little trouble with one of my glazes. I’m not sure what the deal is, but my Sky Blue is cracking off the pots as it dries, so I’ll need to reglaze a bunch of them before firing. Might not get that done before the tour so I’ll be a little light on this great Iron Red and Sky Blue combo at the tour. It’s not a new batch of glaze and it had previously been pretty reliable so I think this application was a little too thick and I was pushing it to dry fast. We’ll see how they do the next time.


Have a great weekend and be well.