Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Candle Karma

As part of the Telephone Factory Lofts Art Show and Sale planing committee I have had to do a little shopping.  Post cards and business cards were needed which means postage stamps needed to be purchased, things like that.  We also have the use of some public restrooms which of course need to be stocked.  We decided that the rest rooms would be nicer with some yummy scented candles burning but wanted to be considerate of the environment so we wanted soy candles.  We talked about getting them from the usual type places when I suddenly remembered someone I met who makes candles.  He's an artist that sells soap and soy candles at Donna VanGogh's Artist Market in Candler Park.  I was there dropping off pots one day when he was there, he asked if I made any honey jars.  Of course I do and I brought him one.  Now when I needed candles I wanted to return the favor.  This is the beauty of collective stores, art shows and even galleries; we artists get to meet and support each other.
Don't forget to come to the show Dec 3rd and Dec 4th at 828 Ralph McGill Boulevard, NEAtlanta, Georgia 30306

Other Stuff:
Basic Handmade Soy Candles
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Early Work

Those of you who are also friends with me on Facebook may have noticed a new profile picture.  It's a picture of a slide that my high school pottery teacher took when I was taking her class in my junior year. Yes, that was eleventh grade.  It seems like so long ago and yesterday simultaneously.   This may have been a slide that was included in the portfolio I sent to Alfred University when I was applying there.  It makes me wonder things like who has seen the slide, what do other people think about the work (I am trying to resist critiquing it), and what happened to this piece.
For me, this is some of the fun of facebook. 
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Peach Cobbler

I love it when a customer sends me a picture of one of my pots in use or where it's displayed.  I really think it would be fun to have a collection of these pictures but I rarely think to ask for them.  Thankfully, some of my customers think about it themselves.  That's what happened this weekend when a casserole I made was used in someone's Thanksgiving dinner.  Here it is with some peach cobbler in it.  I just love the way the warm, golden color of the cobbler looks with the ash glaze trio.
The lid is designed to stand easily on the knob, on some pieces it can actually be used as a serving bowl.  In this picture it's being used as a stand for the cobbler.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I'd like to wish all of my friends, family and followers a happy Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for your support and encouragement. 
Janet and I are celebrating with family in Oregon which is the inspiration for the picture choice today.  It's a view of Mount Saint Helen's and Mount Hood that I took during an earlier trip.  It's really fun being in a place where you can see so many snow capped volcanoes. 
However you spend today, I hope you have an opportunity to see the beauty around you and be thankful for it.   

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Comments Please

The other day I was eavesdropping on a conversation near me.  Normally I wouldn't do this but when the conversation started the two couples were discussing a trip to China that sounded very interesting.  They were also talking loud enough for others to hear easily so I don't think they cared. 

Apparently the couple that went to China also blogged about the trip while they were traveling.  The friends mentioned that they left some comments on the blog just to let their friends know they were reading the blog.  The travelers said they had seen the comments and it meant a lot to them that the friends did comment.  I think it means a lot to many bloggers to see people writing comments.  It helps us to realize that people are reading our writing and it's effecting them in some way.  I have friends that tell me they read this blog but have never commented.  I appreciate hearing that they have been reading it too, again, it makes me feel like I'm not all alone here in the bloggosphere. 

I have also made friends with other artists through blog commenting which has lead to some email commenting and may result in a visit sometime.  I think that would be fun.  Yet their are still some people who write blogs who have received many friendly comments from me over the past few years who have never acknowledged my feedback or commented on my blog. I know people are busy but after a while that just seems rude so I stop reading their blogs.

I want to take this time and space to thank my readers, whether you comment or not, for following this blog.  I appreciate comments and emails, I appreciate Facebook likes and retweets and I appreciate hearing "I read your blog" when we're talking.  Thank you

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Open Studio and Sale at Future Relics Pottery Studio Nov 17 - 20

Covered Oval Casserole

This is a great opportunity to see pottery in the making in a working studio. Lori will be offering demonstrations on throwing, hand building and decorating pottery starting with a simple bag of clay. She will also be available to discuss various glazing and firing techniques. Chiminea firings may be held throughout the weekend, time and weather permitting. Finished pottery pieces will be available for sale at the show, works in progress will be offered for pre-purchase and customization to your needs.
Come share a cup of apple cider and taste the worlds best chocolate chip cookies then enter a drawing to win handcrafted pottery.
The Studio is located on Willow Place off Bouldercrest Dr, one mile south of East Atlanta Village.
Hours of sale are noon until 6 pm Thursday, Nov 17 through Sunday, Nov 20.

Save The Date

Nov 19 - 20:  Artvisions At Paideia School
Nov 25 - Dec 22:  Holiday Show at Mudfire Clayworks in Decatur, GA
Dec 3 - 4:  Telephone Factory Lofts Art Show
Dec 15 - 18: Last Chance Holiday Sale and Open Studio, East Atlanta, GA

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Feeling Foolish

As you may know,  I'm on the planning committee for the Telephone Factory Art Show and Sale.  I volunteered for the committee because the show might have been canceled if nobody helped make it possible.  It's been a lot of work but I've really enjoyed doing it and working with the rest of the committee.  Of course it's also been a bit stressful fitting in everything for the show plus my own stuff, especially my studio sale coming up this weekend.  But I've actually been able to get some stuff done ahead of time which made me feel great.  Until I realized that we need about 3000 postcards printed and I only ordered 1000.  This puts us way behind in getting the word out there.  I feel like I've let the committee and the other artists down.  I know it'll all work out but right now I feel pretty crappy.
Thanks for reading and thanks for your comments (please be kind).
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Goddess Mugs At Charis Books and More

This weekend I brought some Goddess-ware to Charis Books and More at  1189 Euclid Ave in the Little 5 Points neighborhood of Atlanta.  I am so happy to have these pieces there, it just feels like a perfect fit.  Charis is the Souths oldest independent feminist bookstore, they have been an institution in the community for over 35 years.  Not only do they sell books but they have always found ways to give back to the community that supports them.
When I first started making the Goddess Mugs I wanted Charis to carry them but I was never able to connect.  This Saturday Angela, one of the owners, was at Mudfire and saw a mug that is in the Mugs For Jugs breast cancer fundraiser, she asked Erik about it.  The good news for me was I just happened to be at Mudfire for the raku firing so we got to talk.  Now my dream of having these pieces in Charis has come true.

Other Stuff:
Charis Books and More
Mudfire Clayworks
Charis Circle

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Ladybug Bowl

I don't normally like to rush the drying of any of my pots.  I've seen too much loss when people do this and I don't want my pots to suffer the same fate.  If I don't have time for them to dry properly I most likely don't have time to recreate them.  But sometimes they need just a few minutes to be at the perfect dryness for trimming or something.  At those times I'll put the pot in the sun.  Sometimes I will find that a furry woodland creature has invaded Atlanta and is checking out my pottery.  I don't mind, who doesn't love it when their art is admired.  The only thing I don't like is that squirrels and chipmunks tend to leave paw prints in the rims of the bowls leaving me to have to refinish the rim.  Today I came out of the studio to find this lady bug trying to leave her mark on my bowl.  Thankfully, it was dry enough to resist but it started making me think about how to decorate the edges of some pieces.  I'm not sure where these thoughts will take me but I guess I can say it'll be inspired by nature.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday Raku

Horse Hai Pot by Lori Buff We did another raku firing at Mudfire today, I did six pots in horse hair and this time none of them broke.  Yay, thank you kiln Gods.  Since half the pots broke last time I'm really very happy with today's firing.  I tried doing some things differently which seems to have worked.  One of the pieces was left at Mudfire to go into my display in the gallery, the rest came home for the studio sale this week.
I also got some other great news but I think it'll keep until Monday when the paperwork has been signed.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It Is Lovely Indeed, It Is Lovely Indeed.

I, I am the spirit within the earth.
The feet of the earth are my feet;
The legs of the earth are my legs.
The strength of the earth is my strength;
The thoughts of the earth are my thoughts;
The voice of the earth is my voice.
The feather of the earth is my feather;
All that belongs to the earth belongs to me;
All that surrounds the earth surrounds me.
I, I am the sacred works of the earth.
It is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed.

~ Navajo origin legend
Song of the Earth Spirit
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Another Woodfiring

I just got back from Shorter University where I dropped off some pots to be wood fired.  This time some students are going to be handling the loading and firing of the kiln so it feels really removed.  It also feels like a relief that I didn't have to spend the time there right now while I'm getting ready for all the holiday shows and studio sale.  For that I am grateful. 
I also was able to take a few minutes to visit Spring Place Pottery in Cartersville, GA where I have some pots.  It was good to see gail and talk about the holiday sale she is running the Holiday Sale there on Nov 18th and 19th which is the same weekend I'm holding my studio sale.  We're hoping it's a good weekend for everyone.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Good News

The alarm clock is set to NPR which means I normally wake up to the news and start complaining politics first thing in the morning.  I need to find a light jazz station or something soothing.  However, yesterday I heard two stories that really made me happy.  One was about Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who was arrested without charges several months ago.  Lots of people protested, Weiwei was released and told not to leave the country.  It took the Chinese government a few months to charge Weiwei with tax evasion to the tune of $2.4 million.  That might be enough to make you really sad except people are donating money to him so he can pay the tax bill.  Some are sending it into his home via paper airplanes or tied to fruit that they throw over the wall.  It makes my heart feel good that the people of China are supporting this artist that the government clearly wants to quiet.
The other article that made me happy was about all the people that have moved their money to credit unions or small banks.  You may remember that I wrote this article suggesting you do the same.  Well, a movement was started (not because of my article) and this past Saturday was "Move Your Money Day."  I had no idea that this even existed when I wrote the article, I was just pissed at Bank of Screw America (who I don't use) for being so greedy and ugly to their customers (some of whom are my friends).  So I'm glad to see the credit unions and the members who own them getting stronger while the big banks that hurt this country getting smaller.  Keep it up people, it's not as hard as BoA wants you to think it is.  You can set up a new bank account on line right now.  Go.

Other Stuff:

NYC Galleries Show Ai Weiwei's Work while Donations in China Pour In
MoveYourMoneyDay.com & Dump Your Bank Day Success Evolves Into Live Webinar Event

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

No Use Crying...

Today is starting out on a sad note, last night we realized that we have a dead bunny to pick up near the road.  I didn't want to do that task in the dark so it's awaiting me now.  A great way to start the day.  Then Janet was getting ready for work and accidentally broke one of her favorite coffee mugs (not the one pictured here).  It's interesting how we think of things, as much as I hate to see any dead animal it seems worse that it's a bunny, they are cute and relatively harmless (except to my garden), they don't seem to tease the dogs like squirrels do so it feels sadder to see it has died. 
The mug is a little bit of a different story.  Yes, it sucks that it got broken, even though it's just an object Janet cried about it, she feels awful.  But if she had treasured it, and put it on a shelf somewhere safe and not used it I don't think she would have enjoyed it so much and it still may have gotten broken while dusting or something. 
Lorrie King of 50 Cents Period brought one of my Goddess mugs to a woman in Nepal who said it was too beautiful to use and put the mug somewhere safe.  I appreciate that she feels that way and I honor her thinking but I don't wonder if it would be better if she used it and was reminded of the Goddess within herself, her friendship with Lorrie, the great work they are doing together, or anything else that may come to mind.
I guess the message here is that life is short, no matter if it's an animal or an object, and we should simply enjoy as much of it as we can.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Stone Soup

Stone Soup
Despite the fact that I'm living the glamorous life of a potter I still cannot escape the drudgery of housework. Being a potter means you have to make the dishes and wash them too. And you have to make the bed, do the laundry, clean the floors in your house and studio. It's not all fun and games (although I wouldn't trade my job for anyone's). One thing that I sometimes enjoy doing is cooking. It's sort of like mixing glazes but you get to taste what you've made. I have made glazes with tasty names like Mint Julip and Licorice but I've not wanted to taste them. The food that I really enjoy cooking the most is soup. I think that's because it's hard to ruin soup. Naturally, that means I cook more in the cooler weather, last night was the start. I made Stone Soup, which means I wandered around the co-op and my kitchen finding veggies that seemed like they would go well together, threw them all in a big pot with some vegetable broth and spices and cooked it until we were ready to eat. It was pretty yummy but I can't tell you the exact recipe. You can follow the links in the "other stuff" section to find some great soup recipes.

Bon Appetit!  

Other Stuff:

Miso-Ginger Soup
Butternut Squash Soup
Spinach Soup
Seafood Chowdah

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bowls Today

Six pound bowl I've been making a lot of smaller pieces lately like butter keepers, soap dishes, and of course, mugs.  So today, after I was inspired by a call from a collector, I decided to make some decent size bowls.  Here's one I made just before going into the house for lunch and to write this blog.  It's six pounds of clay and a nice size but I think it can be a little bigger.  I may try after lunch, it'll be a bit firmer then.
What do you think, would you try one more pull?
This afternoon I'll be going over to At The Collective to take down what's left of my opening show, I'll leave some pieces for my permanent display, it'll be fun to decide which ones.  I love packing up when I'm not exhausted from selling pots all day.  It just makes it easier.