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

Back in the Stuido

I’m making things again! The weather has been getting warmer, for the most part, and I have been able to start using my new studio. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s functional.

I have a space to paint, a nice view of the back yard from my wheel, and thanks to my hubby there are lots of shelves set up for me to fill. It’s starting to feel like my own space, and over time we’ll make it even better.

If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed I’ve been painting again. It feels awesome to be back at it. It’s been at least 2 years since I was last painting regularly.Β  I’ve finished two new paintings in the last few weeks.

The first painting I made is titled Early Spring Impression.Β It’s oil on canvas, and as the title implies is done in an impressionistic style. I was feeling the grass popping up through the snow and the idea of spring approaching.

 

Early Spring Impression, oil on canvas
Early Spring Impression, oil on canvas (close up)

The second painting I made, and finished yesterday, is also inspired by the early spring. I went a different direction and tried my hand at a more abstract expressionist style for this one. This painting is titled Early Spring Expression. It is also an oil on canvas.

Early Spring Expression, oil on canvas
Early Spring Expression, oil on canvas (close up)
Early Spring Expression, oil on canvas (close up)

I am really feeling this style of work. This past summer my family and I visited the Art Institute Chicago. I was very taken by the abstract expressionist work there. I was specifically drawn to the painting City Landscape,Β by the artist Joan Mitchell.

Me, entranced by City Landscape at the Art Institute Chicago

I did some more research on Joan Mitchell and I am so enamored with her work. I’m sure I will be pulling inspiration from her and other abstract expressionist artist for my future work.

That’s what I’ve been up to back at the easel, now onto what I’ve been working on at the wheel (with some hand building). I have been caring around a bunch of corks for years now and I’ve finally decided to use them. They were the catalyst for my current ceramic project, piggy banks.

These banks have been a lot of fun. They’re playful, and honestly just make me smile every time I finish one. The aforementioned corks will be their noses. I’m starting with the smallest and working up in size. I’m also making about double what I need for the amount of corks I have. You never know how things are going to turn out through the process of making ceramics.

I’ve been enjoying hand building onto these thrown forms. It’s something I haven’t done in some time.

This project will probably be ongoing for a while since I have 18 corks I would like to have pigs for all together. I will be working on more functional pieces too, to break things up for me work wise. I have plans for spoon rests and small condiment bowls, but I’m sure there will be more mugs and cups soon as well.Β  I’m also looking forward to pit firing this summer again πŸ™‚

Thanks for checking in, and for all the love and support <3

Big Changes in 2018

This past month has been a blur. Near the end of 2017 my husband and I drove down to the Florida keys for a week to spend the holidays with my family. It was a beautiful vacation, just a wonderful time. Just a week before we took off on that adventure we received the keys to our new home! Between moving and painting and cleaning and somehow fitting in our family vacation, I’m lucky to know what day it is right now. Life has been very up in the air for us, but in an exciting way.

We could not be happier to be able to say goodbye to renting and finally settle down in our own home πŸ˜€ There is much to do here, but making it our own together is something we’ve always dreamed of doing. My hubby, Tony, just told me yesterday how excited he is to help me make my studio space functional. Everything we own is pretty much in boxes and spread all over the house. This is my new studio space at the moment.

I will be setting up in a large portion of our back porch area. It’s all windows on the outside and connects to the garage, where we will be setting up the kilns. It needs some work, but Tony has some great ideas about how to fix it up for me. This new studio will give me much more room to work and grow. I’m itching to get this project going. I miss working with clay. I’m not sure how long it will take, but once we set my studio up here I will not be moving it again for a very long time!

I will update when there is more progress to be shared. I have plans to pit fire in my own yard this summer and I have some new ideas for functional ware I’m eager to start creating. Now it is time to unpack though, peace and love.

Pottery Giveaway Winner!

The giveaway for this beautiful pit fired pot has ended and I’ve picked a winner!

CongratulationsΒ Jovan B! I have e-mailed the winner and will be sending out this lovely piece to it’s new home asap. There were 66 people that entered this giveaway and 205 entries all together. Thanks to all that entered! I really appreciate the support. I had fun running this and will definitely be giving people another chance to win in the future πŸ™‚

Pottery Giveaway!

I’ve decided to give away one of my favorite pit fired pots πŸ™‚

This piece was fired in the first pit firing we did in 2017. It has some wonderful color and interesting design. It stands 7 inches tall and 5 inches wide. This piece is purely for decoration and should not get wet or hold any liquid.

To enter to win this pot use the entry form below. The first entry is free and there are optional tasks you can do to gain more entries. This giveaway will run from 1:00 am December 8th through 11:59 pm December 15th (EST).Β  Open to residents of the United States and Canada, no age restrictions. I will announce the winner and contact them by e-mail after the giveaway has ended. I can not guarantee the winner will receive their pot before Christmas. Peace and Love all, and good luck πŸ™‚

 

Low Fire Results

The low fire (cone 04) I ran last week went very well. Compared to the last time I tried to fire some planters this firing was 1000x better! I actually threw these planters and vases a few months ago, so it feels nice to finally finish them. I’m very happy with the planters and can’t wait to make more.Β Here is a link to my store if you’re interested in purchasing something πŸ˜‰

This planter was a lot of work. I can hardly believe it didn’t fall apart on me some time during the process. I’m over the moon with how it turned out, my favorite from this firing by far!

I have to give a shout out to my wonderful husband. He helped we with the hemp rope knotting and macrame on the hanging planters. He’s pretty great with knots, and a creative himself. <3

I’m also in love with this vase. I worked a lot on the texture and the glaze flows in such an eye catching way <3

I see myself exploring more low fire work in the future. The results I achieved from these glazes are promising πŸ™‚

If you’re looking for holiday gifts for your loved ones I still have a lot of new pieces for sale. I’m continuing my 30% off sale on my older work until after the new year also. This lovely is only $21.00 + s&h.

Happy Holidays to all those out there celebrating. Thanks for all the love and support <3

More Candles and Better Pictures

This past weekend I turned some of the pieces with minor glaze imperfections from my last firings into candles. They turned out so lovey <3 I’ve already sold 4 of the 7. The rest are up for sale here.

I have been looking for a better way to take pictures of my work lately. I just haven’t been feeling my old method and have been looking for a way to capture the depth of the glazes better. Today was a bright, sunny day so I tried taking pictures outside on an old stump in our back yard. I am super happy with the results! It was much easier to photograph this way too, so bonus πŸ˜€

This large cinnamon candle is a stand out to me from the bunch. It smells like a stick of pure cinnamon and looks like toasted marshmallows dripped over the edge. It just feels so cozy to me with winter coming and the holidays upon us. Sorry, it is one of the pieces I sold right away.

This one is also drippy and cute, and still available. (Sold)

Don’t forget I have all my old work on sale 30% off right now also! This beauty is only $14.00 + s&h.

I have plans for a low fire this week and I will hopefully finish up a few vases and planters in that. I might be making a couple more candles as well. Thanks for all the love and support!

Improvement

Hello πŸ™‚ It looks like it’s time to write an update!Β  Ever since Cheeseburger in Caseville I have been hard at work in the studio.Β  I’ve been focusing on functional ware and have been seeing vast improvement all around with my work. Everything is lighter, my forms and decoration are progressing, and most importantly I am getting a much better grasp on what it takes to run a good cone 6 oxidation firing in an electric kiln. My two most recent firings produced a lot of good results. I have new cups, mugs and bowls up for sale here. All my older stuff is on sale 30% off for the holidays too!

One of my favorite new pieces is this beautiful mug.

The purple on the inside is just stunning and the drippy glaze is even more gorgeous in person than I could capture in the picture. Porcelain is really starting to grow on me. I may be making the switch to using it for all, or at least most of, my functional ware in the future.

Another lovey piece I recently finished is this wide mug. If you can’t tell I’m a fan of drippy glazes πŸ™‚

One thing I’ve been working on is adjusting the size of my work. Previous pieces I have made seemed to be a little too big. I think I’ve hit on just the right sizes now though. These wide mugs would be wonderful for a rich hot cocoa or a hot bowl of soup.

Most of my new work consists of cups, mugs and bowls, but I did have one larger piece work out. This serving dish was a bit of an experiment for me that turned out so nice πŸ™‚

While I’m sharing pieces I have to show off the garlic keeper I made for myself. I really just love it <3 It turned out exactly like I wanted it to.Β I will be making more like it in the future to sell for sure.

I currently have aΒ  handful of pieces set aside that I will be making more candles out of in the next week or two. I have plans to try a low fire soon as well (fingers crossed on that one). I am hoping to low fire some vases and planters I started a while back. I’ll post about these projects as they happen. I’m often most up to date on my instagram (there’s a link to it on the side of this page if you’re interested). Again, don’t forget about the 30% off sale. This striking pit fired pot is only $21.00!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season <3 Much Love <3 and thanks for the support!

 

 

 

 

Cheeseburger in Caseville 2017

Yesterday we returned home from our working vacation at the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival. My husband and I took our two little dogs up to the thumb of Michigan with us this time. We stayed in a little camper set back in a wooded area right in Caseville for the festival.

Our little Farnsworth enjoying the lake air coming in from the Marina.

The dogs loved staying in the woods for a few days, as did my hubby and I. We were even able to make ourselves some veggie cheeseburgers, Boca burgers over the fire with Daiya cheese melted on top πŸ˜‰ It’s nice to get away, even when it’s not all play πŸ™‚

Right before we left I was able to run a glaze firing. I’d say it went better than previous firings. I am getting know my kiln better and the firings are improving. I was able to snap a picture of my favorite little cup before it was packed up and sold.

This little cup turned out pretty nice πŸ™‚

For the second year in a row I was lucky enough to be able to set up and sell my work at the Wooded Island Sports Grill. We came to town with five boxes of my pottery and went home with only two. I’m so thankful to everyone that picked up some pottery from me. It was nice to get some practice selling and hear what people thought about my work as well.

Me, selling some pots πŸ˜‰

Selling some work means I have room on my shelves to make more and some money for supplies. I’m pretty pumped to move forward and I’m working out some new ideas. I’ll continue sharing as ideas become reality. Instagram is where I stay most up to date on the happenings in my studio if you’re interested. Again, thank you to all who stopped by, bought some work from me and support what I do. Much Love <3