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

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 🙂

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

I do have to add that we didn’t spend the whole week working 😉 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!

A New Start

Hello and welcome to my new website. I’m Kayci Stanley and I am an artist and craftsperson. I focus primary on oil painting and pottery.

I feel like I am at a new start for my career. I’m making ceramic work again after about 6 years of not being able to run my kiln. I am now learning my kiln and feeling out my style. I have a strong appreciation for well made pottery and I am pushing myself to improve all around. At this time I am most interested in clean vase forms and planters. I was able to do a pit firing earlier in the summer and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Atmospheric firing is something I will certainly be pursuing more of in the future. I’m looking forward to experimenting with mid range glaze firing in my electric kiln as well.

Pottery in the pit after the fire had burned down
Three of my favorite pots from my first pit firing
My electric kiln firing up some pottery

I feel that over the past few years I have been developing a real style with my painting and I am confident in the direction I am heading. I will be continuing to focus on abstract nature themed paintings. I would like to play around withe some nonrepresentational paintings that focus on intense color and brush strokes as well.

My latest work: Autumn Creeping In (2016) oil on canvas

I will have work for sale at the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival in my home town this week. This is the first time I’ve had enough work to sell like this and I’m very excited about it. I hope this is a real start to something. I’ll be using this website to post about my work and hope to have work for sale here soon as well. Please check back again in the future if you’re interested. Thanks <3