Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Day After A Firing

For lots of people it's Small Business Saturday.  But for me it's the day after a firing so I'm having a Peek In A Cooling Kiln Day or Melt Your Flashlight Day.  I've done both today and will continue to peek in the kiln with a different flashlight and try to remember not to place the light so close to the peek hole.  




Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and successful Small Business Saturday. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In the home stretch

This past weekend we had our last event at the Lanesboro studio and have official closed the studio for the winter.  Having received our first significant snow for the season, I'm busy getting indoor things done today.


Like addressing post cards for my last sale of the season, photographing pots for my Etsy shop, and anything else I can think of to avoid having to shovel the driveway.  Maybe while I'm doing this, the sun will come up and melt everything so I won't have to shovel.  It could happen.  

Anyway... also getting some glazing done for my next wood firing coming up in a couple weeks.  Lots of mugs in this load because I always seem to be short on mugs.  



Dots, stripes, swirls and panels - the most popular designs.

Thanks so much to everyone who has served or is serving.  Your sacrifices are greatly appreciate.  Have a great Veterans Day.
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ornament Extravaganza

I hate to admit it, but Christmas is right around the corner.  Which means I need to get to work on some ornament.  The last few days I've been working on some snowflake ornaments. 


 After rolling out slabs of Continental Clay's B-Clay, the ornaments are cut out using a snowflake shaped cookie cutter.  When leather hard, slip in a squeeze bottle is used to make the raised design.  Then the snowflake is glazed with my studio white liner glaze and wood fired.  Ornaments fit in all the nooks and crannies between the other work in the kiln filling up all the gaps that would otherwise be wasted space. 

Other designs include angels, stars, trees and a studio visitor this week made these greyhound ornaments and pendants. 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Studio Toy

There is nothing more fun than getting and putting a new studio toy... I mean tool into use.

A few weeks ago, I purchased a small pugmill.  After several years of bagging up my trimmings and storing them in every studio nook and cranny, I can finally process the trimmings into usable clay again. 


The first batch of reclaim was a bit wetter than I'd have liked, but it was just BEAUTIFUL!!! If you've never used a pugmill, it's an amazingly useful piece of studio equipment.  Clay scrap and water go into the hopper and mixed for 15-20 minutes.  The mixture is de-aired with the vacuum pump and then pressed out through an extruder as usable clay.  


Only about 500 more pounds of clay scraps to go.  More playing tomorrow.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Inventory Delivery

One of my favorite sales venues is Simple Soaps for Simple Folks in Dover Minnesota.  Before you even step in the door, you can smell all the awesome fragrances Shanna (owner and soap maker) uses in her fabulous goats milk soaps.  I stop on the doorstep, breathe in all the wonderful scents and step in to a warm, inviting shop with ever changing inventory.  

Shanna and I met a few years ago and have enjoyed discussing our upcoming events and the trials and tribulations of being a small business owner.  I try on all the hats in the shop wishing I was a hat person, smell all the soaps and thoroughly enjoy my visit,  

Earlier this week, I delivered new inventory to the shop, still didn't find a hat that looks good on my head and picked up a new bar of Pomegranate soap for the shower.  


Stop in at Simple Soaps for Simple Folks and see everything this welcoming shop has to offer.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Raku Experience



During one of our earlier Lanesboro Area Art Trail events this year, I had a group of studio visitors at the studio participate in a raku firing. It got me thinking - maybe that would be a great addition to our Art Trail weekends.  



With three events remaining this fall, I'll be offering a Raku Experience workshop during Lanesboro Area Art Trail weekends.  These workshops are targeted at folks with little or no pottery experience.  Each attendee will glaze a pre-made ornament, participate in the raku firing and take their ornament home that same day.



 More information is available by visiting the Raku Experience page on this blog.  Click HERE
 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

June Woodfiring - Unloading

Wow - it's been a while huh?  Realized I hadn't posted the results from my woodfire in late June so I'm getting all caught up. :-)

When we closed up the kiln at the end of the firing, I knew we wouldn't be unloading for quite a while since our grandkids were coming to visit and we wanted to wait to do the unloading while they were here.  


Once my helpers were here, we were able to get this kiln unloaded and see all the fun things inside.


Here are a few of my favorites




 










This firing had lots of great ash action especially those things closest to the fire box.  This mug turned out super gorgeous, but was unfortunately very stuck to the shelf.  It's currently on my seconds table due to the amount of grinding needed to free it. 


All in all, it was a wonderful firing and I was so fortunate to be able to unload when I had such great help available.