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

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

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

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

2nd Pit Firing 2017

Last weekend my husband and I dug out the fire pit, chopped a bunch of wood and ran our second pit firing this summer. Β I’m more than pleased with the results and all the new pots are now up for sale here.

New Pots!

The atmosphere in the pit was a bit more subdued this time.

Pots in the pit before the fire

I think it fired a little cooler than our previous fireΒ this summer.

The pit after the fire burned down

The pots that came out of this firing are over all very black and white, but I am really digging the subtle lines and gentle splashes of color amid the smokey greys.

One of my favorites <3

I experimented with some carved pots too.

Loving that splash of red <3

I could share so many pots from this firing. It’s hard to pick the highlights for this post. I’ll share just one more. This pot is the smallest one put in the flames, but it caught both my eye and my husband’s right away when we pulled it out.

That yellow <3

It feels nice to be sharing some success and not struggles this time πŸ™‚ I’m hoping to fit another pit firing in before the weather gets too cold, but we’ll see what happens. I’m currently in a rush to get everything finished up before we head up for the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival. I’m working on some shot glasses among other things, and Β I will be running Β a glaze firing soon.

I will for sure be up at the Wooded Island Sports Grill with a lot of pottery to sell on August 17th, 18th and 19th from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Thanks and take care <3