Saturday, July 26, 2014

Teapots and Dreams

 I don't make many teapots. I am not sure why. Maybe I feel intimidated by them. We really want to have teapots for our Southern Pines show in September so I figured I better get busy. Especially since Jeff is ahead of me in the teapot production.
The stress of getting ready to leave for two weeks is piling up on me. So many logistics; packing for a show, finishing work, arranging for our gallery to be open, cat sitters...

I have had weird nights of dreams, some really good ones and some frustrating ones. This morning I dreamed that I was washing dishes and heard the door open. A little voice said, "Hello, it's me". I knew the voice right away. It was my mother. She came into the kitchen and we hugged, she felt so small and real (she was a tiny woman in life). I told her I was feeling stressed, she held my hand and said she had to go. When I awoke it felt like she had really been there and that she wanted me to know that everything will work out fine in the end.

I just wish she had stayed with me a little longer.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer returns to North Carolina

We knew it was too good to last, but we sure enjoyed the dry, comfortable air while it lasted. The final push is on to complete work for the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair. I can't believe we will be leaving in 6 days. One kiln load is cooling, one more to fire before we go.

The humidity has made it almost impossible for things to dry. We carry things outside, carry them back in, cover with plastic, uncover... it's that hurry up and wait game that makes me crazy!
While Jeff finishes his pots for the NH trip, I have been working on pots for our show at Campbell House Gallery in September. The photo above is of two covered oval dishes waiting for the right stage to add bottoms and lids. I may actually be able to almost finish them today.

I am also working on two lady vases. They start out as a wheel thrown vase that is altered then coils added. I will take my time to avoid cracking.
Lunch break is over, I should get back in the studio. I should say drag myself out to the studio. It's very hard to leave the comfort of air conditioning!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Four Years

has flown by.

It's hard to believe we have been making pots in Seagrove for four years. It was a good excuse to celebrate. I shook the dust out of the rugs, cleaned shelves and pots, and de-cobwebbed the gallery. It was looking quite spiffy by Friday afternoon.

By noon time Saturday, there was a steady stream of traffic. Jeff threw pots for anyone who wanted to watch, while I was carving ginkgo leaves on plates. Sales were not great, but better then the average Saturday at the end of July. The day ended with Jeff grilling burgers and dogs for a small group of friends who came over to help us celebrate. The weather was perfect and we were able to eat outside without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.

This morning I am enjoying some quiet time with coffee and the sound of rain on the roof (boy do we need that rain). We don't open until noon today and I am not planning on doing any real work until then. I hope you enjoy your Sunday too.