Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thoughts after 6 days off the day job...process

The shop dog, Izzy. Don't worry, she doesn't always look that sad and depressed. She melt your heart when she begs for your bacon at breakfast!

So after 6 days off from teaching, I was afforded the time to work a little. Not really in the mood to crank out production yet, I'm still feeling a little burnt out after the Cottage Sale push. What I feel like making is...something...new. Things are percolating in my head, and it's a slow drip coffee pot right now, but that means it will be a deep robust lusty "pot" when it's done.

Thursday morning, while my mother was baking the turkey and the asparagus was waiting for me to pan fry it up with almonds...I was in the studio making pie plates to clear my head. (I thought it appropriate on pumpkin pie day to at least make the pie plates, if not the pie.) Sometimes, to get my brain to the places it lusts after, I need to do something that requires a no-mind set. Pie plates and pie plates, already to the kiln....then onto teapots. They challenge my brain in so many directions- what's the body like? fat spout? graceful spout? handles??? oh yeah handles. I enjoy the challenge and the time needed in between to make it all work. The creative process is a continual lateral spiral for me. I revisit forms and surfaces over and over. Pete Townsend said musicians play the same four songs. I believe artists, like Paganini, play "variations on a theme" all their lives. Sometimes the themes change, but the connection to something that came before is hiding deep in the subconscious.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Updates and Orders

If you are looking for cherries and pear pottery, I will be restocking the Saxonburg Area Artists Co-op this weekend. Stop by for a look at new mugs, bowls, platters, casseroles and more. We'll be hosting light up night, Friday, November 26 5-9. Come join us for hot chocolate...in a hand made mug! Snag some great Christmas gifts while you're there, too!

Orders: If you would like to order pie plates, pasta bowls, platters or casseroles, please contact me. I will be taking orders up until December 5.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cottage Pottery Sale Day 1

Thank you to everyone who came out to Day 1 of our sale. We had a great group of people visiting, shopping, and watching bowls and pie plates being used. Caroline decided that we needed to show how great pies are in handmade pie plates...she volunteered her expertise in whipping up a pie crust with butter, flour, milk and a little salt. After raiding Christine's refridgerator, we had apple pear

pie!! I think there is one slice left??

Caroline hand mixing her pie dough! Look at that great bowl she's using!

Karen, Aunt Christine and myself.

Paintings by Paul Kuhrman.

Lots of tablewares!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Here's a sneak preview of a "few" mugs...last count at least 6 dozen. Two more kilns to unload tomorrow and one last firing tomorrow evening.

There will be a nice selection of cherries on terra cotta, like this sweet soup bowl.
There's something for everyone here, mugs of all sizes, shapes and colors.

614 Stanton Ave, Mars,PA
10 am -5 pm Saturday and Sunday
Happy shopping!