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…
It’s really smokey today in Trail, which does cool the temperature down, but still too hot to fire the kiln.. So still waiting patiently.
Today was one of those days where we knew we wanted to do something but couldn’t decide what. So we decided that going out for lunch was a good idea and we headed to the Castlegar Golf Club where I found out they have good gluten free choices. After an excellent lunch we decided to drive to Deer Park to see how easy it is to launch a boat as we wanted to get into the Arrow Lakes further north than Syringa. It was a bumpy drive over gravel but what beautiful views. On the way home through Castlegar we stopped at Dairy Queen for ice cream and that was when I discovered “Unwind” a new yarn store in Castlegar. While shopping I noticed that she had a couple of yarn bowls and clay buttons, so ended up giving her my card so she could check out my pottery. As a result I told her I’d post some photos of my buttons and some of my mugs, as she thought mugs might sell well also. So here are my buttons and some of the mugs I have at home. And by the way, she has great yarn so if you’re a knitter check out her store in the Mall/shopping centre that has Dairy Queen in Castlegar. unwindyarnsblog.wordpress.com
I feel like I’m in a wheel throwing slump. It’s not that I don’t want to make anything on my wheel, it’s just more that I don’t want to change my clothes to my wheel throwing clothes so instead I make lists of what I want to make and I imagine the various pieces that I want to make. So instead of throwing I’m doing some slab work because I don’t need to change my clothes because only my hands get dirty. Tonight I worked with some ‘black’ clay that I have because I like the way the fired black clay works with my white glaze. I made one of my rectangle bike plates and some heart shapes for brooches and magnets and a couple of stamped bike ornaments.
This weekend is the Columbia Basin Culture Tour, August 12 & 13. There are many studios open throughout the East and West Kootenays. There are 2 studios open in Trail; Pottery by fran and Bea&Glad Studio. For more information check out http://www.cbculturetour.com.
Biking is a popular activity in the Kootenays and I’ve had fun using “stamps” to make bike plates.
I will have a booth at the Kootenay Festival this Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Castlegar.
I love my new kiln, but because it is larger than my old one it takes me longer to fill it especially for a bisque firing. It’s now loaded and I hope to fire it this week. There are 4 more very full shelves below this one.
I’m always on the look out for wooden spreaders, honey dippers and spoons to use as accessories with my pots. I was excited when I found this wooden spreader in the book store in Rossland yesterday. It’s made by a crafter in Castlegar.