Thursday, October 30, 2014


We fired the kiln on Monday and needed it to be cooled and unloaded by 4:00 on Wednesday. Jeff and I both had mugs for the Randolph Arts Guild, Mugapalooza Exhibit. We don't really like to hurry the cooling but it all worked out and our mugs were delivered on time. The exhibition opens on November 4, 2014 at the Sara Smith Self Gallery, 123 Sunset Ave, Asheboro NC. It looks like there will be 20 something artists with 10 mugs each so the selection should be very interesting.

We had an order for one of Jeff's sugar jars, decorated and glazed like my water color mugs. Potters can't make just one of something, so there will be a few more in the gallery and to take to the next show.

The first batch of ornaments is out of the kiln. I like how the gingerbread men look without glaze. They seem a little more "cookie-like". I will add blue and red ribbons for hanging, and then we shall see how long they hang around! There are a few more to slip trail today. This second round has some new shapes to play with. A good customer gifted me with a nice assortment of cookie cutters.

I couldn't resist making the frowny face guy. I just might have to keep him!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Another year goes by...

My sister Anita and I share a birthday and today is the day! We are not twins, she is four years older than me, and we have a brother born in between us. We have always celebrated together even since I moved to North Carolina. Last year was extra special. Somehow we managed to get a good bunch of the family together for dinner at Anita's home. Jeff took this photo of us gathered around my parents. It's the last birthday that I was able to celebrate with my mother.

Mum with her great-grandaughter

 Danielle and Arianna getting ready to set the cake on fire

This year I am home in North Carolina for my birthday. There was too much going on this fall to be able to head north. Jeff and I will have our own little dinner party together. I am even going to buy myself a cake. Anita and I will exchange birthday wishes via telephone. I am sure there will be call from Danielle, even though we talked last night. It won't be the same, but it will still be good.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Old and The New

I seem to always be on a quest to come up with new ideas for piggy banks. I decided to glaze a couple of them like my water color mugs. Not only am I looking for new colors that will appeal to buyers but also trying to keep myself from becoming bored with the little guys.

I like the new blue and white, but will always have a soft spot for plain old shino, dusted with wood ash.
I will be adding more "ready to ship" piggy banks to my Etsy shop, and there is still time for special orders for Christmas delivery.