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

Lots Going On

As the heading says, there is a lot going on here 🙂 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!  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 😀 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 🙂

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

Improvement

Hello 🙂 It looks like it’s time to write an update!  Ever since Cheeseburger in Caseville I have been hard at work in the studio.  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 🙂

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 🙂

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. I will be making more like it in the future to sell for sure.

I currently have a  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!