Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Run, run, as fast you can...

You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!

A couple of weeks ago Linda Starr wrote a blog post about making holiday ornaments. I left a comment saying that I had made some in the past but they never sold. I had given most of them away as gifts. 
When I was packing for the the last show I came across a bag with the leftover ornaments. I decided to bring them with me and guess what... I sold quite a few. So of course I came home and made more. The last bunch I glazed half of them and left the other half unglazed. I like the look of the unglazed better. The best part is that no glaze means one less step in the process! Tiny things are great because you can tuck them in around other stuff when firing, but they are a pain in the a$$ to clean up before the going into the bisque kiln. I will be taking these to the Celebration of Seagrove Potters show next month. 

Jeff and I had a visit from Crawford Horne, yesterday. He is the wood fire potter that curated the W. Virginia show that Jeff was invite to this past summer. Crawford had been to Scotland awhile back and visited a potter there name John Christie. He told us about a video on Christie's blog that we might enjoy. It's beautifully done. It's about 12 minutes long, and I think you will find it's time well spent.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time Flies

Has it really been a week since my last blog post? I have been so busy that the week has flown by. In between taking care of customers (traffic is picking up around here) we mixed glaze, glazed pots, loaded and fired the gas kiln. Last night we started to unload the kiln. More than half of it was filled with piggy banks for a wholesale order. The other half was two vessel sinks and some odds and ends.

The snakes were part of the "odds and ends".
It's a good thing my sister doesn't read the blog. She doesn't like snakes in any way, shape, or form.

We had our fingers crossed that this sink order would fire perfectly and it did!
We had another made and ready to go just in case. It is the first time that Jeff and I have collaborated on a vessel sink. This order came from a show last Spring, where we barely made our booth fee. Getting this commission made the show worth going to.
Have a great Sunday, hopefully I will have something to say before next Sunday arrives.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Homecoming

This post has nothing to do with football, dances, or parades. It's about Jeff being home from S. Korea! I am so glad to have him back. Don't get me wrong, I love me some alone time but 10 days is plenty. His flight arrived in Greensboro at 11:20 pm on Thursday and we were home by 12:30, plenty of time to go to bed and have a respectable nights sleep. But no, not us! We spilled the contents of his baggage on the living room floor and acted like it was Christmas morning.

He never has a lot of extra room in his bags so everything he brings back is small. Aside from lots of wonderful little tea bowls, there were paint brushes and mishima stamps from Insadong. I had asked for a Buddha and Jeff bought me a tiny little bronze one. 

 He said he couldn't resist bringing me the lounging pig. On the right is a three-legged money frog. He is supposed to bring us wealth. I hope it works! The seven spots on his back represent the big dipper. The coin in his mouth spins. In China, many people keep a money frog on their tea tray.

This little charm gave me a good laugh...
It's a Buddhist fertility Amulet. I love all things monkey and I have never owned anything like this. If you google it for some history be warned... lots of porn sites come up in the search! I think I am going to string it on a leather cord with some raku beads and try to be brave enough to wear it!

After about 3 hours of sleep we awoke Friday morning and started to pack for the CCM Pottery Festival in Charlotte. We got around 5 hours of sleep Friday night and were on the road a little after 6am. Totally worth the effort (thankfully). The show was great, sales were up from last year, and the weather was beautiful until 4pm when the show closed. We packed in the rain and our clothes were soaked but we didn't care, we had money in our pockets.

Today we will take it slow. Jeff is catching up on sleep and this afternoon we will mix a new batch of shino and do some glazing. We have a kiln load of pigs and sinks to fire this week.