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

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

 

Candles

I have made some candles ;D They’re for sale here!

In my previous postΒ I talked about how I had some glaze defect problems with my last firing. The glaze defects made these otherwise beautiful pieces not food safe. Thankfully my mom gave me the great idea to make candles out of them instead. Turn the lemons into lemonade if you will, and cute lemonade at that πŸ™‚

I love how these candles turned out and I’m sure I will continue to work on my candle making skills in the future. They are made of soy wax. Some of them are scented with essential oils and some are unscented. I think this citrus scented one is my favorite in both looks and scent.

Besides the candles I am currently working on some shot glasses and drinking cups for the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival. The plan is to set up a little stand at the Wooded Island Sports Grill like last year. I will be there selling in the afternoon/evenings on the 17th, 18th and 19th next month. Hopefully the shot glasses I’m working on will turn out, but no matter what I have some great pieces I’m hoping to find new homes for πŸ™‚ I’ll put out more info as the festival gets closer. Thanks for the support and much love <3

Good Times at Cheeseburger 2016

Last week my husband and I packed up all my pottery and paintings to set up a little stand and attempt to sell my work at the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival. Caseville, Michigan is probably most famous for this 10 day Jimmy Buffett themed festival. Since my parents own a bar and grill in the area I thought it would be a good place to start putting myself out there. The Wooded Island Sports Grill was gracious enough to let me set up right outside their front door. It was an enlightening and exciting experience. Many people were interested in what I was selling and how I made it. It was great to get some feedback and even cooler to be able to sell my work to others. I truly hope those who bought from me are enjoying their pieces πŸ™‚

Set up at the Wooded Island Sports Grill
My pottery set up, close up
Hubby and I selling πŸ™‚

I do have to add that we didn’t spend the whole week working πŸ˜‰ We had a really fun time hanging out at the grill and enjoying the festivities. Participating in Wednesday nights parade was definitely a highlight, even though it poured rain on us. It was good times and great company all week.

I ended up selling more than half of my inventory and I will be working on putting what I have left up on this website for sale as soon as I can. It’s time for me to get back into the studio and start creating some more work!