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.
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 pm
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.
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.