Getting there…

Slowly, little by little, I’m making stuff for the Christmas craft show.  I went through a rough estimate yesterday of what I have already *made* (including bisque and bone dry pieces) and what I’ll charge for it - I have ABOUT $5000 of product right now.  That means nothing of course as to what I will actually sell; someone once told me you can expect to sell about half of what you have and I’ve found that to be a pretty safe guide for craft shows.

I THINK I can get up to having $6000 for this show if I’m really, really good.  Less than 2 weeks left till my due date.  My goals for the time I have left:

  • Make a variety of things - a few creamers, a few butter dishes, a few lidded jars, napkin holders, bud vases… etc.  I find that, other than mugs, each person will be drawn to something different than the next.
  • Have everything made; as in, bone dry and ready to fire.  Firing the kiln is definitely not as time consuming and I feel like I could pick away at glazing with 30 min here and 30 min there as a new mom.
  • Make more mugs - you can never have enough mugs.  I need more mugs.
  • Try not to stress too much about it all!!  I can only do as much as I can.  I want to also enjoy the last few days before baby comes, I want to allow myself a bit of rest and pampering.  God will provide.  We will figure out how to make it through the winter, if I make $1500 in profit or $4000, we’ll still be okay (I’m responsible for the groceries and gas, as my husband’s job pays for all the bills).

Nope nope nope…

I was being a good girl and working hard in the studio, making a large bowl, long platters, and angles. 

Then I go to grab something outside and WALKED RIGHT INTO A SPIDER WEB.  I shook myself out and did a heebi-geebi dance but could not find the spider. 

I imagine it is a giant spider that is now nestled somewhere on me. Every tickle of hair freaks me out.  I must stop everything and shower.

Elf houses!  The little garden fairy houses from the summer have grown up and exploded in Christmas spirit!  More windows and they now have a bottom, to hold a tea light.  I wish I knew how well they’d sell and if I should make more of them.  I have 6 made and will charge $45 at the Christmas show (it takes a long time to carve out all the windows!).  Don’t know if that’s too much or not enough!  How to price?  What do you guys do for figuring out pricing of new stuff?

Angel candle holder - will be making a ton of these!  Fun to make and I’ve already had a lot of complements and one order from my FB picture of it. Christmas is coming!  The stamp is lace and “noel” above it. 

I got my big order complete!  I’m very happy with how it all turned out.  The woman’s request was for mugs that had a thick lip and handle - usually my habit is to try to make mugs as light and thin as I can, as I receive lots of complements about the weight of my mugs.  It felt strange at first to hold back a bit with the ‘pulls’ and to leave a little more weight to the walls but, ahem, *cough cough*, “testing” out one of the extra mugs (I made 10 of each) for the last few mornings, I must say that I really enjoy the feel of it.  'Must not keep the mug, must not keep the mug…'

All in all, I’m very happy with how this order turned out - from the amount of time she gave me (a month and a half) to trying something new and liking it.  The order was; 6 mugs for her, 6 mugs for her parents, 4 koi mugs, a platter, and dory boat for her husband’s parents.

I love it!  I have these colors and have never thought to go light to dark, for some reason (have always put the green on the top).

I love it!  I have these colors and have never thought to go light to dark, for some reason (have always put the green on the top).

Reblogged from studio yunomi
A lady at my church was asking if I had a pitcher and bowl set (like an old-fashioned wash set).  She was looking for something mostly white - I had the pitcher already made so I made a large bowl to match it.  We’ll see if she likes it! (I’m very happy with it, haha)  the bowl is partly slab built and moulded (by another bowl), then coils were added on top and finished on the wheel.  By Wabi Scotia Pottery (me).

A lady at my church was asking if I had a pitcher and bowl set (like an old-fashioned wash set).  She was looking for something mostly white - I had the pitcher already made so I made a large bowl to match it.  We’ll see if she likes it! (I’m very happy with it, haha)  the bowl is partly slab built and moulded (by another bowl), then coils were added on top and finished on the wheel.  By Wabi Scotia Pottery (me).

Really excited about what the glaze does on the black clay!  It’s a nice rust that shows green in the thicker areas (fun groves and stamp possibility).  The left one has chun under (a white) and a blue on the rim (sapphire swirl).

Really excited about what the glaze does on the black clay!  It’s a nice rust that shows green in the thicker areas (fun groves and stamp possibility).  The left one has chun under (a white) and a blue on the rim (sapphire swirl).

Test pieces of the new glaze,  “medium green” - black clay, white clay,  and CCS speck.  Cone 6.

Test pieces of the new glaze,  “medium green” - black clay, white clay,  and CCS speck.  Cone 6.

Glaze test fun

I fired a glaze kiln last night!!  It’s just finished now, so I MIGHT be able to look in it tonight before going to bed.  I got a new glaze yesterday to test called “Mid Green”, which is more like a silky light green on it’s own and it looks like a celadon with clear glaze layered over it.  I did a bunch of little test tiles last night and finished loading the kiln at 12:30 am.

I LOVE testing out new glazes!  I want to look now, haha, can’t wait.

I also have some Christmas ornament tests, to figure out if I want to use a glaze or under glaze or stain…  I’m excited to see which ones look nice. 

Today’s hope is to get 20 mugs made and 10 tumbler cups… and some koi fish drawn & carved, and more berry bowls molded…  Completely realistic for a (almost) 37 weeks pregnant woman operating on minimal sleep, right? 

Tomorrow’s hope is to load & fire another glaze kiln (in the evening).  I have a $500 + order that I’m trying to finish before the weekend… yay grocery money! 

sei-shonagon:

Pottery - 陶器 (Tōki)
Tea ceremony water jar with four feet - dated 17th c.  - Stoneware with rice-straw-ash glaze; lacquered wooden lid. — at Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries
Source: Ukiyo-e & Sumi-e on Facebook

I want to make a giant bowl inspired by this one!  (le sigh, I’ll add it to the long list of “want to make”)

sei-shonagon:

Pottery - 陶器 (Tōki)

Tea ceremony water jar with four feet - dated 17th c.
- Stoneware with rice-straw-ash glaze; lacquered wooden lid.
— at Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries

Source: Ukiyo-e & Sumi-e on Facebook

I want to make a giant bowl inspired by this one!  (le sigh, I’ll add it to the long list of “want to make”)

Reblogged from Fired Earth
Usually I’d prefer to slow dry everything over a week or two… but I’m trying to get a bisque load in each weekend in September!  (I pay less for electricity on the weekends).  
I have things warming in my oven and baking in the sun today!  Will definitely be candling the kiln for a few hours as well.  Here’s to pushing the boundaries and living life on the edge…

Usually I’d prefer to slow dry everything over a week or two… but I’m trying to get a bisque load in each weekend in September!  (I pay less for electricity on the weekends). 

I have things warming in my oven and baking in the sun today!  Will definitely be candling the kiln for a few hours as well.  Here’s to pushing the boundaries and living life on the edge…

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