Long Overdue

I’ve been distracted by holiday goings-on and neglected to post photos from my last woodfiring.  Fortunately… I know you’re a patient bunch.  

We fired the kiln on Thanksgiving, finishing up on Black Friday.  The following Wednesday, I quickly snapped my after photo and unloaded so I could have the pots ready for my Holiday Mud and Suds Sale that Friday.  A little whirlwind like, but the timing worked out great.

There was a great deal of turquoise in this load which is always a popular color.

Also in this firing, I was testing some decals I’d applied to the pots while leatherhard.   The decals are printed on decal paper with a black only laser printer so really any black/white design would work.  Lots of people apply decals to pieces after glaze firing, but I kind of want to get a subtle iron effect without adding an additional firing.I like the possibilities, and will probably have a few more tests in my next firing before deciding if I want to make the process part of my regular work.  

 And here are a few of my favorites from this firing. Many are available in my Etsy shop.

 
 
 
 
 

To transport the pots home for the sale, I packed them in bins in the back of the truck with bubble wrap and newspaper between the pieces.  I transport pots like this all the time with no problems.  HOWEVER… I’ve never gone over a speed bump quite like the one I experienced in the parking lot of a craft shop I stopped at to quickly pick up some ribbon for the ornaments in the firing.  It was a monster of a bump.  Upon unpacking the pots, here is what I found.

There were some choice word heard in the studio that day.  Fortunately there were no sailors around to be embarrassed by my language.  All these pieces have found a new purpose with several mosaic artists so I’m trying to see this as a silver lining kind of experience.

Enjoy your holidays everybody!!

In the home stretch

This past weekend we had our last event at the Lanesboro studio and have official closed the studio for the winter.  Having received our first significant snow for the season, I’m busy getting indoor things done today.

Like addressing post cards for my last sale of the season, photographing pots for my Etsy shop, and anything else I can think of to avoid having to shovel the driveway.  Maybe while I’m doing this, the sun will come up and melt everything so I won’t have to shovel.  It could happen.  

Anyway… also getting some glazing done for my next wood firing coming up in a couple weeks.  Lots of mugs in this load because I always seem to be short on mugs.  

Dots, stripes, swirls and panels – the most popular designs.

Thanks so much to everyone who has served or is serving.  Your sacrifices are greatly appreciate.  Have a great Veterans Day.
 

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.