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.
Continuing on my “Things that Bring Joy” theme. Here are somethings this year that brought me seasons of joy. Three seasons to be exact.
We planted two 10′ wide strips of sunflowers on each side of our driveway and watching these sunflowers through the year has been a great source of joy.
In the summer they are bright, cheery faces that greet me every time we drive by.
In the fall, they feed hundreds of goldfinches. It was great fun to sit quietly near the fading flowers to watch the goldfinches pop in to feast on the seeds.
And most recently, in the winter, the dried but still standing sunflower stocks and flowers provide an interesting contract in the snowy landscape.
I can’t wait to see them again next summer.
The snowy winter wonderland outside the studio begged to be photographed. I took a long walk stopping to photograph the snowy details that caught my eye.
The Upper Midwest woke up this morning to a beautiful covering of snow. It’s a little late here in Minnesota for our first snow, but we’ve had some unseasonable warm weather in it’s stead and I’m all for that too. But a snowy, dark day is an excellent day to spend in the studio.
I started the morning by unloading a glaze load from the kiln. This load included several bowls, wine bottle coasters, butter keepers and a couple mugs for a custom order. Since I’ll be spending a week in Rome with my kids, I’m trying to get some things done for my sale (The Goldsmith Reunion Fine Art Festival in Mankato) in December.
Also on the agenda for today is throwing more wine bottle coasters, mugs and miscellaneous pieces, mixing a small batch of Nuka and Amber Celadon, and mixing up the clay for wadding for a yet unscheduled woodfiring. Closer to the firing, I’ll mix in the organic matter, but for now I’ll just mix up the clays so that part will be ready. That’s just one more thing checked off my list of things to do before firing. The pots are made, my old glazes have been checked and tested, new glazes made, wadding for shelves and pots will get done today – one step at a time.
Have a great weekend.