Parrot Feathers Art and Craft Show Tomorrow!

Well, after many months of work and preparation Cheeseburger in Caseville is here and tomorrow is our Parrot Feathers Art and Craft show. Not going to lie, I’m pretty nervous. Anxiety is very normal for me, but this last week or so it has up there. I’m ready to go though, a little more packing this morning and we’re on our way. I went through and priced all my work with price tags made from my business cards a few days ago. I think it looks great and makes me feel kind of professional 🙂

It’s always a little fun to get all the inventory I have out and go over it again. I have some really nice stuff 😉 I was able to get a few more piggy banks made to bring up with me, that makes a dozen total. I had the extra room in my last glaze firing to refire those 3 vases in the top photo too. I’m usually not one to refire a piece, but they had such nice shapes and i just wasn’t super pleased with the glaze after the first firing. I gave it a shot and all 3 are way better the second time around. Perhaps I should give refirning a try more often.

I digress, the show is tomorrow and behind all the nerves I’m excited. There are a lot of great artists and craftspeople selling along side me whos work I’m looking forward to checking out, and probably purchasing as well. I hope we get a good turn out and it all runs smoothly. Wish us luck! Hope to see you there <3

New Barrel Fired Work and Thoughts on Burnishing

Results from our first barrel firing of 2019.

We had wonderful results from the first barrel firing of the year! All new work is up for sale on the shop here. This is one half of the work I have prepared for barrel firing currently and I’m itching to get the second half fired as soon as I can (that will probably be in a few weeks though because May is a busy month).

This time around I put in the extra effort to do a very old technique called burnishing on these pieces and I really couldn’t be happier with the results. To burnish a piece of pottery I wait until the work is completely dry, at what is called the bone dry stage, and then wipe on a little water and rub the pot with a polished stone to smooth the surface. I go over the whole pot, bit by bit, three times with this process. The end result is a shiny, soft to the touch, surface that shows the coloring from the atmospheric firing beautifully. Here is a link to a video on my facebook page that shows the process.

The pot in the foreground is before burnishing with the polished stone, the pot in the background is after.
More pieces I burnished, the tallest piece to the back right in the picture is yet to be burnished and has a more rough texture than the rest.

While burnishing is a time consuming process that requires patience, I feel it is very much worth it. I will continue my work with burnishing in the future.

After burnishing I bisque fire the work to cone 018 in my electric kiln and then the pieces are ready to be barrel fired. This time around the weather was dark and a little rainy so I didn’t get any photos of the actual firing, hopefully next time. In case you’re interested, here is a post I wrote last year that talks about the barrel firing process, and here is a post I wrote a few years back about the process of pit firing, which is pretty much the same as barrel firing.

We have been adjusting the way we layer things in the barrel and the different colorants we add. We’ve also learned that getting the fire as hot as we can has a very positive effect. After getting such lovely results this time I think we’ve got things figured out. I am very proud to say these pieces are my work, and if you know me you might know how rarely I give myself props. I am certainly my hardest critic, but having my name on these pieces makes me feel good 🙂 The following are pictures of my favorites this time around.

As always, I want to give a huge thanks to my husband for all the work he puts in to helping me with my pottery. I wouldn’t be able to make these barrel firings happen without him. Thanks to everyone else that shows me love and support as well. <3 take care all <3

New Stuff!

I have new work up for sale here! I recently finished up a few sets of tumblers, some piggy banks, garlic keepers, and more 🙂 Go check it out! Here are a few of my favs <3 Much love <3

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 😉

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-

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

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 🙂

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.  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.  

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 🙂 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