Ooooh - love the shape!
Ooooh - love the shape!
The problem of not throwing for a week or two and then sitting down and starting that first piece of the day…
I still made a decent amount of money! So I guess it was a good thing that I went out anyway :)
Now it’s time to buckle down and make a bunch more stuff! Time to dust off that wheel!
I had told myself that I’d get out in August as much as possible to sell pottery, because it’s the best month down at the waterfront. My problem is that I only have about half a table worth of product because I went down for ONE DAY and sold most of the good stuff.
I suppose it’s not a horrible problem to have, but none the less…
I’m going out to sell this afternoon but I know I don’t have much that really grabs people’s attention - a few mugs are left and I could end up selling them, but mostly it’s bowls and vases that have been sitting around, not selling, for a while. I feel like I’ll need to apologize to everyone who stops to look at my stuff and say, “usually I have a bunch of cool stuff that you’d love, but why not buy this small bowl”.
I need a good two weeks in the studio to make a bunch of popular product to sell; my only problem with that is taking that time would put me into September, when things really slow down. Plus I’m getting really pregnant now and all I want to do is nap because my sleeps have been horrible!
So all I want to do is nap and make pottery but I’m going out to sell pottery because, well, grocery $$ and gas and all that.
The turkey based designer named Efil has crafted a beautiful series of poster showing the principles of design only using paper. Cutting pieces of paper, juxtaposing the pieces, pasting geometrical shapes and using simple typography is the formula of this beautiful series. She mention that you can actually buy them.
Why do customers, when creating a custom order, always pick either the most difficult glaze you have to work with OR a glaze that you don’t have anymore?
I have a few pots that I’ve left up on my website from a few years ago to show a different style or shape (but I don’t have access to that particular glaze) and customers always ask for that particular one, haha.
BUT, that being said, I’m working with a customer on a very large order and she’s even given me enough time to get it done without rushing or stress (wants it for October) - yay!
I had an AMAZING day yesterday. Like, as good as any day I’ve had at any craft show (except without the table fee!). That was totally unexpected. Like, seriously guys, it was so good that I now have to make a whole new kiln load of stuff to sell before I can go back out again. I attribute the random success to God because I prayed for a good day before going out!
So today is a beautiful, sunny day!! Rather than going back out to sell pottery I’m going to sit down and plan a kiln load AS WELL AS get started on planning my fall/winter designs and what I want to have at the Christmas craft show that I’ll be doing. I have to have all that ready to sell at the end of September because BABY (Oct. 10th).
Then I’ll make some pottery, do a whole bunch of gardening, and take the dog for a nice hike. Today it’s a good day to be a potter :)
Temoku glaze (cone 6, the one with the gold flecks in it) over black clay.
I did a bunch of glaze tests with black clay, making little shot glasses; I’m in LOVE with this combination! I used a bit of white slip and carved a little plant out - it looks like the plant/branch is on fire. I’m definitely going to design a series using this effect for this winter :)
A whole glaze load (last Friday) - no drips. No major S-cracks or glaze peeling & running around on the pots… I was happy with ALL of my product that came out of the kiln.
What is this strange world?
The very popular Fairy houses! I made two this time with extra holes in the roof to allow better airflow for tea lights (they are both sold now). I still have a pink and amber fairy house left, and of course I’ll be making more. $25 each
Since we’ve talked about these little guys I thought I’d re-blog the picture of the finished product (You can see a few of them in a picture further down, sitting in the bisque kiln). It had started to rain outside where I like to take pictures so I had to move inside to my table to take these ones!
Large blueberry pitcher - approximately 4 - 5 cups (depending on the size of the cup). I love making pitchers and this one was no exception! The base and neck were made separately then pieced together, along with a hand moulded spout and pulled handle. Then two blueberry plants (one on each side) were hand drawn and carved out; each one is a little different. The spout pours like a dream and for the size of the pitcher it is actually nice and light. $90
Spent some time this morning putting up some new pictures of my most recent work! I’m in love with this pitcher and I want to make 10,000 more of them. Pitcher by Amy Noel