I have been a potter for over 40 years. Over the years I have made a large variety of pieces and love making large pieces and small pieces. I have a large variety of pots out in stores and galleries in the Kootenays (Yes Please, Unwind More Than a Yarn Store & Kootnay Gallery; all in Castlegar, Gallery 2 in Grand Forks, and Artisan in Trail). I also have many pieces in my home studio. In the next few days I hope to share some of the pieces I have in my home studio.
It’s fun to rediscover my pottery when visiting my family. On a trip to the coast to celebrate my sister’s and her husband’s 50th anniversary I was “excited” to discover many pieces of my pottery. At the celebration, my nephew and his wife served many of the appetizers in my pottery. On a visit to my niece’s and brother- in-law’s, when served tea, Michelle said, “I would serve it in your mugs but they are already in the dishwasher. And while at my daughter’s I had fun wandering around her condo finding the many pieces she has.
Almost all of these pieces have been give as gifts because they were old stock that didn’t sell or had a minor flaw that I decided I would not sell, but now when I look at them I am amazed at how well they look in everyday use.
I love being a potter and last night I was going back through the hundreds of photos I have taken of my work. I started to look at some of the pots I made around 10 years ago when I first moved back to Trail and I thought I’d share a few with you.
The kiln is half loaded with a bisque firing so it’ll be a couple of weeks before I have new pieces to show. I’m working towards our Annual Pottery Show at VISAC Gallery and towards our annual “Shop Local” event at Cornerstone.
Making pottery, of course, takes time, so with Valentine’s Day in mind I worked on some “heart” pots. Heart shaped dishes and hearts stamped on pots and then of course glazed them red.
Yesterday, I did my last glaze firing before Christmas I was pleased with how most of the pots turned out. Here are some of the green ones.
Next Friday, Nov. 24, 4 pm – 7 pm and Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 am – 2 pm, the Trail Pottery Club will be holding their 1st Annual Pottery Sale in the VISAC Gallery.
I have been working on Christmas Tree Ornaments. Yesterday I got them all out and sorted them and started adding ‘string’ to the ones which still needed string. I will have some of these ornaments at the ‘1st Annual Pottery Sale’ next week.
I’ve started loading my kiln with a glaze load. I always try and make the best use of the space so usually have small pieces to fill in small spaces. These small pieces are usually hearts and maple leaves for brooches and bears and trees for Christmas decorations. Glazing all these small pieces is also very time consuming. I usually like to have some large pieces for each shelf, but this load has more mugs cups and smaller pieces.