The Worcester Pottery Invitational – Not Just a Show, an Event!

My next event is coming up at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester MA.  I worked at the Craft Center as an artist-in-residence (way back in 1996) and again from ’98-2001 as an instructor and studio tech. So, when fellow potter Kristen Kiefer, who has been a long time instructor at the Craft Center and someone I greatly admire, asked me to curate the Pottery Invitational with her this year, I was thrilled!  The show features 22 potters from the northeast who will be there throughout the weekend, selling their pots and talking with visitors.  The full schedule for the weekend, which will include demonstrations on how to use handmade pottery in your home and artist’s talks, is on the Worcester Pottery Invitational Facebook page…Click it to check it out and come to the show to see some great pots!

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Stay Calm and Get Free Shipping

So here we are, two weeks before Christmas and things are revving up. If you’re like me and get glassy eyed from the sensation overload of crowded stores at the mall, then you’ll appreciate a calm, quiet place to think over your holiday gift purchases. My Etsy shop offers just that, a place to ponder, take your time, enjoy a visual refresher from the mass of decked halls. You can go there right now by clicking right here (or click on any of the little images on the right, if you’re on my homepage). You don’t have to look for parking, stand in line or clip any coupons. There is however a coupon code that will get you free shipping. That code is SHIPFREE. Type that in when you check out and you will not have to pay anything at all for shipping. I hope you enjoy your visit to my shop and are able to find just what you’re looking for. Wishing you a peaceful and joyous, handmade holiday.

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New Work, New Venues

photo (11)Here are my shelves at Handwork in Ithaca, NY. They are fully stocked with new work from my last wood firing. Handwork is a cooperative gallery, which means it is owned and operated by artist members.  It is a destination for visitors to the Finger Lakes and locals alike.  I am happy to be a new member at Handwork and look forward to working lots of shifts during the holidays.  A great place to shop local for those special holiday gifts, the store offers a top notch selection of handmade craft by local artists.

 

 

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Some of my newest work is also included in the holiday exhibit at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. The show is called Gifted and features many great potters from around the country. I am so pleased to be among this group of talented artists. Open through December 30th, all work is available for purchase on-line.

 

 

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Visit my Etsy store to see what I have in stock. I will be listing some new items for the holidays and offer free shipping through December. Just type in the coupon code shipfree at checkout!

 

 

 

A selection of my latest pots can also be found at these venues:

Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philly

Worcester Center for Crafts Gallery Store in MA

 

 

Cook on Clay Kiln Build

I began this year by traveling to Whidbey Island, WA in February to build the new kiln for Cook on Clay, a women owned company run by Robbie Lobell and Maryon Atwood. They make ceramic cookware (flameware) that is sophisticated and gorgeous. If you don’t know about these ladies and the pots they make, check them out!  It was great fun working with them and their awesome apprentices, Clovy and Jordan. Many thanks goes out to all who were involved in this kiln, especially Vince Pitelka for providing the initial plans and Al Tennant for his insight on various details. It was a memorable and positive experience for me indeed. Here is what the project looked like.

My Next Event: The Smithsonian Craft Show

Next week, April 25-28, I will be at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC. I am busy packing up the latest kiln load of pots and look forward to showing them in this beautiful venue. Come and see me in booth #209!

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Gallery Show

My work will be showing, along with the work of fellow wood fire potter and friend Cary Joseph, at the Clayscapes Gallery in Syracuse. The opening is Friday February 1st from 5 pm- 8 pm.  Work will be available for sale for the duration of the show.

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What’s in a year?

I put together this photo documentary as a re-cap of the past year.  The images give an idea of some of the day to day aspects of my pottery and the cycle of making, glazing, firing and selling work.  Many of the firing photos were taken by my friend Jill Lewis, who always does an amazing job documenting….thanks Jill!  While the majority of this photo montage has to do with the pottery work, there are a few life ones as well, since the two are naturally intertwined.  I am thankful for all the blessings in my life and look forward to what 2013 will bring.

Best wishes to all for good health and prosperity in the new year. Cheers!

Twelve reasons to buy handmade pottery this Holiday

Wondering what to get your loved ones this year?  Here are twelve reasons why handmade pottery would be a great choice!

#12  Handmade pottery makes for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift.  Chances are, the recipient will not have the exact same mug in their cupboard.

#11  Handmade pottery is good for the economy.  Buying it provides jobs for potters.

#10   Handmade pottery is good for you.  Yes, it’s true, using a handmade pot to eat or drink out of is good for the soul.  It also has the advantage of not being plastic.

#9   Handmade pottery doesn’t have to match.  It’s fun to pick which plates to use for dinner and who will get which cup.  Guests enjoy picking out their own too.

#8   Handmade pottery is affordable art.  Buying one or two pieces at a time for someone or yourself is a great way to start a collection and is easy on your wallet.

#7    Handmade pottery is good for the environment.  Many handmade mugs or tumblers fit in cup holders,  potentially reducing the number paper cups going into landfills.  

#6    Handmade pottery adds beauty to everyday life.

#5   Handmade pottery is available everywhere.  There is a good chance someone near you is a potter.  Buying something from them will save you a trip to the mall and supports your local economy.

#4   Handmade pottery is a meaningful gift.  

#3  Handmade pottery is a valuable gift.  Over time and through use, a piece of pottery intertwines with the users life.  It becomes priceless.  It could end up being a family heirloom.

#2   Handmade pottery is just that, handmade, made with human hands.  

#1  Handmade pottery is not facebook or twitter, blogging or texting, yet is has the power to connect us all to each other.    

I hope you keep the connection alive by giving the gift of handmade pottery.

Happy Holidays!

Firing: Before, During and After

Here is a collection of images from my June firing.  I always love to see the pots spread out in the studio after they’ve been glazed and await loading.  They are grouped by size and form to make loading easier.  I can keep the mental image of what I have while arranging each shelf in the kiln. Though I still make (what seems like) hundreds of trips back in the studio to see how many are left!  Loading takes two days, since I try to keep my work within the school day hours. This firing (the 7th in this kiln) was 36 hours long and the results varied.  As with each kiln opening, this one left me curious, perplexed, excited, disappointed, wondering and already thinking about the next one!  Such are the variables of wood firing.

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I have been busy these last few weeks making and finishing pots for the next wood firing. With the studio work kicked into high gear, all other aspects of business take the back seat, i.e. keeping up with blog posts and returning e-mails. Since today is so scorching hot and my bisque kiln is heating up the studio to stifling temperatures, I thought I would take this time to catch up on computer stuff, while sipping a nice iced-tea next to a breezy window.

Here is a sample of what I’ve been making. These pots will be bisque fired and glazed over the next two weeks. I will be loading and firing the kiln the second week in June. More updates will be posted about the firing as they happen. My show schedule starts in August this year with the Crafts Shows at Chautauqua in western NY. Stay tuned for my full show schedule, which I will be posting soon.