It has been a while since I have been able to take some time to reflect. We have been in the lovely chaos and busy-ness of building our dream home in the woods. It takes a lot more time than one would think. We still have a few loose ends to tie up, but have been living in the new digs for a while. A pottery studio is on the way, but not just yet. In the meantime, I am juggling details and space and doing my best to create new work.
To rest, regroup and recover from the hectic schedule of the past few weeks. The time between Christmas and New Years is my time to look back on the successes, and not so successful activities, of the past year. I look forward to exploring new forms and working through the challenges of creating some new work for the coming year.
Lately, I have been spending less time working in the studio, and more time packing and hauling my work to sales and galleries. The "busy-ness" of this time of year generally dictates how my time will be spent. Thank goodness for the kind and supportive man in my life, who understands why the living room is cluttered with TV trays and other surfaces filled with clay in various stages of completion- my attempt to continue to have my hands in clay, even if just for a few moments here and there.
My teapot appears on the front cover, as well as on the month of October page, of the Potters Council 2014 Teapot Calendar. Potters Council Membership is International. As a member, I have the opportunity to submit images for the yearly calendars. This was the first year I chose to submit an image, and I feel honored to have it published. Bwww.cafepress.com/+potters-council+calendars.
As we follow the seasons, we look ahead and prepare for the next. Gathering pine needles and down fall, anticipating pit fires and pine needle weaving over the winter, I feel prepared.
I just returned from an alternative firing conference in Edina, MN. It was awesome! I can't wait to make more work and practice the new skills I learned. I am posting a few photos of the event. The first picture is a shot of how the pit was loaded with our pots. Picture #2 shows the pit soon after it was lit. We will wait a short while for the flames to die down before covering it up to smolder in the ashes until the next day. Picture #3 shows all of the fired pots the following day.
I have been asked numerous times in the past few months, if I have a website. The answer has been "It is in process".
Today, I decided I was ready to go live. I am still in the learning process, and do not feel that this is "it"; however, it is a good start. Keep checking back and watch it grow!
I took a Beginning Ceramics class in 2004, and I was hooked! Shortly thereafter, I was able to rent studio space in a local community studio. There I have access to kilns and equipment to do my work, not to mention being surrounded by the inspirational energy of other ceramic artists.