Saturday, April 30, 2011

Broken Promises

I know, I know, I said the next post would involve glazed pieces... but I just had to post these. Couldn't start any glazing until they were done...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Done! Just in time!

Ahhhh...spring break, come and gone. Back to the kiddos tomorrow. Just a quick photo update of the completion of yesterday's throwing. I haven't thrown large for quite some time, so it was fun to try my hand at giant jars. Another potter, who's blog escapes me (You know how you jump from one site to the next to the next?) made a series of monster sized jars. Inspiring to say the least. Mine aren't quite as large as his, but that's ok. The whole point was the challenge.
The soup mugs and tumblers are ready for the bisque thanks to a fabulous 80 degree day. The next post, I promise, will be of glazed pieces...can't wait to get started!

Monday, April 25, 2011

80 Degrees and the pots are drying....

A day off has left me with much time to make and bake...tumblers, jars, pasta bowls, and dessert plates. The weather went from extremely humid to hot, humid and windy....the tumblers were quickly trimmed and the jars will be handled shortly. Gotta love it when time flies like this! No time to mow that grass though!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Barking around the studio....

So what's a dog to do when her master is busy making pots and ignoring her pleas to be outside in the sun??? Bark in frustration at the ground hog, chipmunk and squirrells infringing upon her domain, that's what.
For the record, we did hit the pavement after this platter was completed. (She's snoring at my feet as I type.) A custom order from PAK, it will barely clear the kiln for the bisque. I'm looking forward to all the space for decorating- cherries, cherries and cherries....
I'm busy this long weekend with orders and building inventory for a few spring shows. If you aren't aware of the Pots in the Park event in Oil City, Pa in May click the link! I'll be there with many other potters showing off our wares, doing demos and talking about why we make pots! Come one, come all!
The Sue Tirrell rooster mug hails from Red Lodge Clay Gallery, Montana

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring Booty

There's nothing like a little spring to make us wake up to the world. This leafy wood fired tumbler is by potter, Cathy Bisowsky of Indiana, PA. She works out of Stoke Hole Pottery. If you had a chance to stop by the IUP Underground Pottery Sale this weekend, you may have had the chance to see more of her work. Regretfully, I only picked up one of these... While the weather was doing it's best impression of spring today, I made homemade lemonade from a simple syrup, juice of 3 lemons, and some cilantro. (Don't knock it until you try it!) The perfect cup to start spring.
Tumblers and vases for two orders. A local guy is trading me custom made pedestals for some dinnerware. Bartering....gotta love it.

Yes, those are moonshine jugs...along with plates, bowls, spoon rests...stay tuned for more!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bad Pics of SWEET Pots

A few new pieces, slab plates and cream tumblers. I'm playing around with lines as added interest. It's fun to see them roll with the forms. At this point I can say I'll be sticking with the cream, terra cotta and black color scheme. My photo set up is a major undertaking so the livingroom became a quick photography studio for the day-which means poor lighting. Forgive me and just look at the pots. These are on their way to the IUP Underground Pottery Sale this weekend. Always the best place for a large selection of pottery from local established potters and the up and coming clay artists from the IUP Ceramics program. This Friday and Saturday 9 am to 7 pm, Robertshaw Building IUP campus.
C'mon, you know that's a cute pot!!!