ceramicsparadise:

Karin Michelsen

It’s strange how some things, as simple as they may seem, are really, really nice.  I’m sure it would take me a year to try to make something in this ‘style’ that I felt worked as well as this!  I suppose the phrase I’m looking for is “Deceptively simple” .

ceramicsparadise:

Karin Michelsen


It’s strange how some things, as simple as they may seem, are really, really nice.  I’m sure it would take me a year to try to make something in this ‘style’ that I felt worked as well as this!  I suppose the phrase I’m looking for is “Deceptively simple” .

Reblogged from Fired Earth

All of my pieces are now bisqued!

I fired the last bisque kiln yesterday, it was a little empty (I think I could have squeezed double in there) and I was SO tempted to put off firing the kiln to make some more stuff, but no.  I don’t need to add that extra stress to my life right now.  Plus. I still have to glaze everything and fire it!  That’s enough work in and of it’s self with a wee baby to feed and look after :)

I have till Nov 14th to get everything glazed!  It can be done!

thelongwalkround:

Gracie Fay! 

Momma and baby are both healthy and happy :)  I feel like I should mention on THIS blog that during labour (at one point in the day last Friday) I attempted to load a bisque kiln, haha, with the help of my husband.  Well, it was me telling him what to do and him loading everything, pausing for each contraction.  Eventually had to stop with one shelf left, BUT got it finished and fired on Monday, the first full day back from the hospital :)  Now I just have to unload it and glaze it while holding a cute little baby… should be easy, right?
I’ve written a lot more about my labour over on my other blog if you want to check it out.

thelongwalkround:

Gracie Fay! 


Momma and baby are both healthy and happy :)  I feel like I should mention on THIS blog that during labour (at one point in the day last Friday) I attempted to load a bisque kiln, haha, with the help of my husband.  Well, it was me telling him what to do and him loading everything, pausing for each contraction.  Eventually had to stop with one shelf left, BUT got it finished and fired on Monday, the first full day back from the hospital :)  Now I just have to unload it and glaze it while holding a cute little baby… should be easy, right?

I’ve written a lot more about my labour over on my other blog if you want to check it out.

Reblogged from The Long Walk Round
blueberrymodern:

victoria morris

blueberrymodern:

victoria morris

Reblogged from Fired Earth
Studio is starting to fill up with stuff ready for a bisque load (or two)!  The goal today is 10 mugs and 5 slab plates.  Going to keep putting in about 3 hours a day, I think, till the baby comes (3 days till my due date now!).

Studio is starting to fill up with stuff ready for a bisque load (or two)!  The goal today is 10 mugs and 5 slab plates.  Going to keep putting in about 3 hours a day, I think, till the baby comes (3 days till my due date now!).

Excited about these larger pieces.   Hope they all turn out!

Excited about these larger pieces.   Hope they all turn out!

Maybe I should make more elf houses….

That’s the most notes I’ve ever gotten for my pottery.

But

I really don’t like making them!  Haha… I mean, they’re cute when they’re done and I make them cause I know that they’ll sell, but they take so frigging long to make!

Maybe if I finish everything else and I still want something to do…

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