I’m Looking Back

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.

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A glaze combination that worked well together, but doesn’t work anymore.

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Another glaze combination I like that I haven’t used for a long time.

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Love the tea set.

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Making a rectangle pot is always a challenge.

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I love the shape of this pot and the way the glaze looks.

 

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Red = Valentine’s Day is approaching!

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.

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Mugs

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Heart dishes

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Red bowls

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Small cup

Christmas Ornaments

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.

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All of the ornaments spread out so I can see which ones work.

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Snowflakes.

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Bike ornaments.

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Bear Ornaments

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Shapes with bike impressions.

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Tree ornaments.

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More tree ornaments.

Glazing, Glazing, Glazing……

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.

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Glazed and ready to fire.

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Some of the booches I make.

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Glazed and ready to fire.

Shop Local at Cornerstone Cafe Saturday

With 1 day until our  “Shop Local’ Market”, I’ve started to sort and organize my pottery trying to decide what to pack.  I’m going to take my selection of dark blue (Colbalt Blue) pottery. Here are some examples of what will be on sale Saturday, Oct 14 at the Cornerstone Cafe in Warfield. Hours 10am – 4 pmIMG_1967

Kiln Firing

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I finished loading the kiln yesterday and it’s firing today. Christmas is only 3 months away, but most markets/sales start in the next couple of months. I’m excited to have my pottery at “Curiosity” in Rossland, mugs and knitting bowl at “Unwind” yarn store in Castlegar (I’m working on more knitting bowls), Catherine is once again opening the “Pop Up” store in Downtown Castlegar at the beginning of November, Kootenay Gallery will be having their Christmas gift shop, I need to make a trip to Grandforks with new pots for the “Gallery”, and I continue to have new stock in “Artisan” in Downtown Trail. Also, our “Shop Local” group will be holding a market at the “Cornerstone” in Warfield on October 14.

Mugs

In all the years I’ve been making pottery, mugs are one of the biggest challenges. When customers buy a mug they are always looking for the “perfect” fit. BIG mugs are very popular or mugs that fit under the Kerig (spelling?), or the handle needs to fit or….. The mugs out of my last kiln load hold anywhere from 3/4 cup to 2 1/2 cups… IMG_1785IMG_1786IMG_1787IMG_1788IMG_1791IMG_1792