Monday, November 27, 2017

Good Bye November

November is coming to a close very soon and what a month it has been! I am happy to say that the Celebration of Seagrove Potters show was our best yet. Jeff and I were exhausted by Sunday night, but it was a good tired. The kind of tired that lets you know that you worked hard and it paid off.
We haven't heard what we sold, or if we sold anything, at the Piedmont Craftsmen's show. We did get the official letter that we passed the physical jury process and we are now fully juried members of Piedmont Craftsmen.
With Thanksgiving happening just four days after the show, there was no time to rest. Since Jeff and I are centrally located for his family, we are now the hosts of dinner. We unpacked the trailer on Monday and spent the next three days cooking, cleaning, and making pots.

Just to add a little more work to the mix, Jeff helped David Stuempfle fire his wood kiln the week before Celebration. I put just one cup and a few spoons in the firing. I am pleased with the cup. It has the toasty variations that I love.

I have it in the house with me for now.

 Trying to decide if I might keep it for myself.

I am sure I can find room for one more.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


It's getting down to the wire for the Celebration of Seagrove Potters. Today I have been working on all the little things that need to be done to the pots. None of it is glamorous, but it's still important stuff. In the morning I worked on polishing the bottoms of pots from the last firing. After that I moved on to printing some tags.

 We added foaming soap pumps to the offering. I can tell the difference between the pumps but I don't think most buyers will. I created tags for the foamers, to make it easier for buyers to choose. When the booth is busy, there isn't as much time to answer question.

The cheese stones got tagged. The backside of the tag has "instructions for use." I wish I had more of these for the show, but they just didn't fit in the kiln. That's the downside for flat items. They are space hogs. The upside is, we will have more fired for our holiday open house in December.

My afternoon job was lino-block printing our large handled bags. I didn't do as many as usual. The upside of this show is that many people bring there own bags, baskets, and even little wheeled carts. I really don't go through a lot of bags.
Tomorrow we start boxing things up for the 1/2 mile trip down the road on Thursday.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Collaborations for Celebration

The Celebration of Seagrove Potters show is next weekend. Each year at the Friday night Gala Preview Party, there is a live auction of special collaborative pots and sculptures. Jeff and I have been collaborating on a couple of pieces with our friend Phil Pollet of Old Gap Pottery.

Phil created a large slab built square bowl and stamped his design in the center. He delivered it to our studio and Jeff applied white slip.

When the slip set up, I carved ginkgo leaves onto the rim. 

We all signed the back. One piece was lost in the bisque so we were glad that we made two! Jeff sprayed the bowl with ash glaze and we fired it in our gas kiln.

We are all really happy with the finished piece. Almost hate to donate it! You never know what price it will bring at an auction.

Celebration of Seagrove Potters 10th Anniversary Show
November 17-19th
Historics Luck's Cannery 
798 NC Hwy 705, Seagrove NC

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Race To The Finish Line

We have three deadlines to meet. Etsy orders to ship on Friday, Pottery for the Piedmont Craftsmen's show next week, as well as the local Celebration of Seagrove Potters show. We unloaded a bisque in the gas kiln and started glazing on Sunday, while we had another bisque load firing in our neighbors electric kiln. Since the move we have not wired our electric kiln. It may be time to get that done, although it won't be as easy as one would think, but that's a whole other blog post.

We had a lot of pots that needed to be sprayed with ash glaze. In reality, all the pots for Piedmont Craftsmen had to be sprayed. Jeff got started on some and I took over mid-afternoon. When I flipped the switch on the compressor it made some very strange noises and didn't produce any air. Thinking it had run too long, I shut it down and gave it a rest. Twenty minutes later and still nothing.

Jeff had to leave in two hours to do the evening shift at David Stuempfle's wood kiln.
The next day we would have another load of pots that would need spraying.
Thankfully, there is a Harbor Freight in nearby Asheboro!

I hopped in the car at 3:00 pm and at 4:30 arrived home with a new compressor.

It's a step up from the very old one and on sale, was under $60. While I was gone, Jeff took the old one apart and put it back together.

It's been working fine ever since.

At least we have a back up.