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.

June Woodfiring – Unloading

Wow – it’s been a while huh?  Realized I hadn’t posted the results from my woodfire in late June so I’m getting all caught up. 🙂

When we closed up the kiln at the end of the firing, I knew we wouldn’t be unloading for quite a while since our grandkids were coming to visit and we wanted to wait to do the unloading while they were here.  


Once my helpers were here, we were able to get this kiln unloaded and see all the fun things inside.


Here are a few of my favorites

 


This firing had lots of great ash action especially those things closest to the fire box.  This mug turned out super gorgeous, but was unfortunately very stuck to the shelf.  It’s currently on my seconds table due to the amount of grinding needed to free it. 

All in all, it was a wonderful firing and I was so fortunate to be able to unload when I had such great help available. 

Done

Even with a short power outage just when I was ready to start a bisque firing, I managed to get a couple rhubarb leaf platters complete for the upcoming Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro Minnesota.  

Normally, it takes me several weeks to see the end results of projects I’ve started, but this time it worked out really well that I had nearly a kiln load of stuff already complete and could just sneak these platters into that load and get them done in just one week.  

The festival is tomorrow and hopefully, these platters will find new homes then.  But I’ll definitely be making more.  In addition to the green they are glazed in, I painted a stripe of raspberry glaze into the vein indentations to give them a little different color.  Was hoping for a little of the red color to show, but it’s more a darker blue/green.  Still worked out nicely.

Have a great weekend all.

Under Pressure

Next week, I’m participating in Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro Minnesota mostly to promote the upcoming Lanesboro Area Art Trail.  One of the requriements of being a vendor at Rhubarb Festival is that your product be in some way related to rhubarb.  Hmmm… 

I have a green glaze that is similar in color to rhubarb, my bowls work excellent to hold cut up rhubarb and my tall vases work great as a display for rhubarb stems & leaves.  But that didn’t seem like enough of a tie to rhubarb to me, so today I’m working on some serving plates that are definitely rhubarb themed.  

Now to get them made, dried, fired and glazed by next weekend.  It’s definitely possible.     

Have a great weekend all.

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.

Lanesboro Area Art Trail


Lanesboro Minnesota, long known as the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota was recently named one of America’s Top Twelve Art Places.  With the intent of expanding the areas artistic spectrum, a few artists in the Lanesboro Minnesota area got together to discuss the creation of an ongoing open studio event.  The result of those discussions was the creation of a series of group, scheduled open studio weekends from June through November each year called the Lanesboro Area Art Trail. 

The first of these open studio weekends will take place September 20 – 21 with three artist studios participating. 


I’m proud to be one of the participating artist studios and so excited to be involved in this new event.  The last couple months have been a whirlwind of getting dates nailed down, rack cards made, maps and brochures printed, signs printed, photos and info from artists, a web site created and ads ready for Minnesota Public Radio.  It’s all coming together nicely.

The Lanesboro area in the fall is stunning.  With three open studio dates scheduled for this fall, I hope you can come out to visit our studios and see the beautiful and inspiring artistic spaces where we create. 

For more information on the Lanesboro Area Art Trail dates and participating studios, click HERE and find us on FACEBOOK.

Firing 9, August 2013

Some neighbors came over on Sunday to help unload the kiln Kevin and I fired the previous weekend.  It’s always great to have some extra hands around to help.  


Here are a few of my favorites from this firing.

And there was just one really bad piece from the firing.  These conjoined twin mugs are not really what I’d intended. 

I have a couple events scheduled for September so many of these pieces will be available at those events.  See the sidebar for info on my upcoming events.

Have a great week.

Pots in Use

It’s always so fun to get photos of my pots in use at their new homes.  Marv and Carol Eggert who operate an wonderful bed and breakfast in Lanesboro Minnesota called Hillcrest Hideaway were very kind to send me a photo of my little flower pots in use.  


The ham and egg dish Carol made looks just delicious with its flower accent in this little flower pot.  I think they would be very useful for muffins as well.  Thanks for sharing the photo Marv!!

Summer Sunflowers

I could tell you all about the pots I’m making this weekend (some big bowls if you’re curious)  but this is such a pretty picture, I’d like to share it instead.

We have a 15′ – 20′ strip of sunflowers planted along our driveway and this week they are just gorgeous.  In a few weeks, the finches will be having a feast.

Have a great weekend.

Lanesboro Local

Congratulations to Lanesboro Local on their fun and well attended Grand Opening this past weekend.  Visitors received samples of the delicious food items offered at the Lanesboro Local and artists represented by the Local provided demonstrations to show how their beautiful pieces are made.  

I spent the afternoon demonstrating throwing pots and visiting with those passing by.  There were lots of great questions and positive comments from those who have seen my work at the Local.  It’s always fun to hear from people who use and enjoy the pieces you’ve made.


Good luck at your new location Lanesboro Local!!

2013 Wood Fire Workshop

 
Join me for a wood firing workshop in picturesque Lanesboro Minnesota.  We’ll be glazing, loading and firing a bourry box wood-fired kiln over the weekend of May 31 – June 2 and unloading the following Saturday, June 8. 


It’s an excellent opportunity to try this dynamic firing method and enjoy the company of other potters at a quiet, beautiful location in SE Minnesota.  


For more information about the workshop and how to register – CLICK HERE