First New Work of 2019

I made more piggy banks!

7 new piggy banks made it through the firing process for me this time. I have sold 4 of them already, but these 3 are up for grabs still πŸ™‚

They are up for sale here if you’re interested. There are new mugs for sale too! I’m really digging this handle style.

It has been nice getting back into the swing of things after the holidays. I’m excited to see my work improving as well. I always end up keeping a few pieces for myself after a firing. Usually the ones that don’t turn out the best, but are still nice and usable. It gives me a chance to test out how they feel and quality check a bit. Also a nice little treat for myself, not going to lie πŸ™‚

I’m currently drinking some berry cinnamon tea from this lovey mug.

I’m happy to say it’s a very nice weight and the handle is quite comfortable to hold. All my new mugs for sale are similar to this one. I might be bias, but I’d recommend them πŸ˜‰

I’m planning a big trip to my local pottery store soon to replenish my supplies. After that I’m sure to be making more piggy banks, mugs, and more. If you’d like to follow what I’m up to I post pretty regularly on my instagram and facebook pages. Thanks, and much love to you all <3

Parrot Feathers Fine Art and Craft Show

I’m pretty excited about this new project I’ve been working on. I’ve been collaborating with fellow creatives and the Caseville Chamber of Commerce to help create a fine art and craft show that will take place during the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival this year. Parrot Feathers – Fine Art and Craft Show is now taking applications!

If you are a professional artist or craftsperson that would like to apply for a space to showcase and sell your work at the Parrot Feathers – Fine Art and Craft Show please read and fill out the application form here- https://goo.gl/forms/MC03PuNmige0wyyA3

Applications will be accepted between January 17th, 2019 and May 17th, 2019. Those picked to participate in the show will be notified at the email they provided in their application on June 1, 2019.

Event Summary: 
Parrot Feathers – Fine Art and Craft Show is an event taking place during the second weekend of the Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival. The Cheeseburger in Caseville festival is a yearly, tropical themed, festival in the small town of Caseville Michigan. The festival draws tens of thousands of people to the town every year. Caseville has gained the nick name, Key North, because of the massive popularity of this 10 day island themed festival. This quaint little beach town, in the thumb of Michigan, transforms into a palm tree, parrot and flamingo covered, sand in your toes party. There are events for the whole family and fun for the adults, many different kinds of cheeseburgers, a lot of tropical music and concerts (Jimmy Buffet songs being a favorite all around town), and this year there will be an art and craft show to add to the fun. A small group of creatives working with the Caseville Chamber of Commerce are putting together the first ever Parrot Feathers – Fine Art and Craft Show. This art and craft show will take place on the second Saturday of the festival, August 17th, starting at 10:00am and ending at 6:00pm. Fifty artists and craftspeople will be chosen to exhibit their work in a grassy open lot, located just east of the Wooded Island Sports Grill in Caseville Mi (6868 Michigan St, Caseville, MI 48725). We plan to bring a variety of professional artists and craftspeople together to show, and sell, their work to the parrot loving people of the festival. This event will be a lively celebration of art and craft in the midst of island fun.

Mission Statement:
Parrot Feathers – Fine Art and Craft Show aims to give Michigan artists and craftspeople a space to show and sell their work to the public during the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival. It is our goal to showcase quality, handmade work, as to foster a greater appreciation for art and craft.

Please like and share our facebook page to help get the word out. Thanks <3

https://www.facebook.com/ParrotFeathersArtandCraft

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations Beth S. for winning the giveaway for one of my handmade ceramic cups! I have sent an email to Beth and will be sending the cup out as soon as I can. I would like to thank everyone that participated! The love and support mean the world to me <3

Giveaway 2018!

I’ve decided to do a giveaway again this year! I’m giving away this lovely little 6 oz. cup. A piece I made this past summer, it catches my eye every time I’m sorting through my inventory. I hope someone else will find it as endearing as I do. <3

To enter this giveaway use the giveaway tool below. The giveaway starts at 3:00 pm December 1st and ends 11:59 pm December 14th, 2018. It’s open to all residents of the U.S. and Canada. The first entry is free and there are little tasks you can do to earn multiple entries after that.

I will be picking a winner December 15th, 2018. The winner will be contacted by e-mail as well as announced on my website. I can’t guarantee it will be shipped out in time to be received before Christmas, but I’ll get it out as quickly as possible. Thanks, and good luck!

 

Beer, Wine, and Pigs

As soon as I got home from the Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, in late August, my garden was ready to harvest. A lot of my focus over the last few months has been harvesting and tending to our, very large, garden. I have been busy canning lots of tomatoes, as well as pumpkin, pickles, salsa and relish with the fruits and veggies from our garden. On top of that, my parents brought me bunches of pears from their tree. I was lucky enough to be able to preserve the pears in syrup, make jam, and a delicious crisp πŸ™‚

Now that all the hustle of harvest season has past, I’ve been able to start focusing on my work again. My latest glaze firing went well and I have lots of wine cups, a few mugs (wonderful for beer), and 6 little piggy banks to show for it.

The pigs were almost all sold before they could even cool down.

The only one not sold is the little, drippy, yellow guy. It is for sale in the shop. Although, I’ve had interest shown in it and don’t expect to hold onto it for long.Β  Sold.

These two are my favorite pigs from this bunch. I’m really digging these new glazes.

I fired a bunch of wine cups this time around too. I have 5 pairs of cups, and 2 single cups for sale in the shop now.Β Β 

I’ve also been working on some new mugs. I wanted to play around with more of a beer mug look, and I’m pleased with this new handle style. I think these mugs would be great for a cold beer, or a warm coffee.

I’m looking forward to exploring these beer and wine vessels more, and making more piggy banks. I have plans for making garlic keepers, and whatever else sparks my creativity with the clay really. I have ideas floating around my head for some new paintings as well πŸ™‚ As always, thanks for all the love and support. <3

Candles, Just Like Mom used to Make ;)

There are now more candles up for sale in the shop! I’ve found that candle making is a great way to reuse pieces that come out of the kiln with imperfections. This time around I was able to outsource that job to my very creative mother. I’d like to give a big shout out to her for taking on the project. She used soy wax and essential oils to give new life to some pieces I had been holding on to around the shop. I believe this will be an ongoing collaboration between us going forward. <3

New Work Up for Sale

There are lots of new cups and some new decorative pieces up for sale on my store now! I have been photographing and cataloging all week πŸ™‚Β Previously I have had to use a flat rate shipping method which resulted in higher rates for shipping my work. I have now been able to switch to a plugin that more accurately calculates shipping rates based on your location and the contents of your cart, ultimately lowering shipping costs. So check it out! Thanks <3

12 oz. Cup Number 2

Barrel Fired Pot 4

Cheeseburger 2018

Today I’m exhausted, from a very great and very busy working vacation.

My brother and I hanging out at the Tiki Bar at Wooded Island Sports Grill

For the 3rd year in a row my hubby and I had a wonderful time selling my pottery, and enjoying time with family and friends at the Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival. I had a big set up outside the Wooded Island Sports Grill.

I enjoyed getting my work out in public and hearing feedback from people. I sold all of the piggy banks I made and lots of other pottery. Everything new that I didn’t sell will be up for sale as soon as I can get it photographed and on the website. When I get back at the wheel I will be turning out more piggy banks πŸ™‚

Big thanks to The Wooded Island for having me out again, and I really appreciate everyone that picked up a piece of my work! It just means the world to me <3

Lots Going On

As the heading says, there is a lot going on here πŸ™‚ I’m preparing to take my work and go sell at the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival this Thursday-Saturday at the Wooded Island Sports Grill. Last year and the year before I set up there as well. I’m getting excited to share all the improvements I’ve made both in my work and my display.

Since the last time I posted I’ve been making, making, making!Β  It has been a lot of throwing, trimming, hand building, puling handles, decorative carving, and all that jazz. My lovely husband helped me set up my kiln and with that my studio is now fully functional πŸ˜€ Over the last few weeks I’ve done 3 bisque firings, 2 glaze firings, a barrel fire and a refire. It feels awesome to be putting my studio to work and finishing up pieces that have been in the process for months now.

My kiln set up

We’ve decided to move to barrel firing instead of pit firing here at the new house. It’s very similar in both method and result. Although, there has been a learning curve for us. In the first fire we didn’t get things quite hot enough to see much color on the pots. After that, we decided to refire some of the pieces. In the refire we had issues with some of the additives I put in the barrel sticking pots together and making a mess in general. The good news is we’ve learned a lot. We had lovely color results in the second firing too, and that bodes well for future firings.

The barrel on fire during our first try.

A look inside the barrel after our refire.

My favorite piece from the first firing.

Two lovely pieces that survived the refire.

While the barrel firing is a work in progress, I have had great luck glaze firing the electric kiln. Over the last two weeks I’ve glazed and fired 14 piggy banks and 45 cups/mugs. I am very pleased with my results, the piggies especially. They just catch my eye and make me smile πŸ™‚

Kiln loaded before being fired

After the firing

All the piggies together

Now that all my work is completely through the making process I’ve been busy taking inventory and pricing things.

I will also have some paintings for sale with me up at Cheeseburger. I was even able to frame most of them up. These little iris paintings are a few of my favorites <3

I think that’s all I have to share for now. I’ll update more when we’re in Caseville selling. As always thanks for the love and support. I’ve been getting lots of great feedback on social media and it means a lot to me. <3