What do you do when the weather man warns you that snow is coming? I like to be creative. Sometimes I do have to push myself but today I don’t. I’m in the kitchen making a crock pot of Beef Bourguignon to start my day. Yes cooking is a creative process no matter what anyone says. In my opinion that is.
As the Beef Bourguignon is slowly cooking in my crockpot I’m trying to come up with some pottery ideas for the upcoming holidays. Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Sketching some ideas in my journal, trying to stay on top of my #clayshare365challenge. I am excited about making new stuff that will hopefully sell on my etsy shop. https://www.etsy.com/shop/doublemuse Not looking to make a fortune selling my pottery (because lets face it there are not many rich potters out there) but just enough to support my pottery addiction.
I am also patiently waiting to unload my kiln. Another hour and I should be set. Next to deciding what colors to glaze my pottery the next most difficult thing for me is waiting for the kiln to cool down enough to open. You potters out there know what I mean. The struggle is real!!!
Finally out of the kiln.
I am pretty happy. Sorry the pictures aren’t great. But I got excited and wanted to post them. Better pictures will come soon.
Well the Beef Bourguignon is ready, I have a fresh loaf of crusty bread and my husband and I are hungry. Enjoy the snow, stay self and be creative.
If you are a potter you probably have heard of Jessica Putnam Phillips and her Clayshare group of potters from around the world. It’s an amazing group of people who get together on social media and share all our pottery lives. I found Jess on Potters of Periscope a few years ago when that was a thing and followed her right through to her and her husband, Kevin creating Clayshare on Facebook and Instagram., Yes I am a stalker of Jessica Putnam Phillips. She has a huge heart and loves to share her amazing talent as a potter with any and all of us.
As a member of the Clayshare Family (Jessica and Kevin being the parents of the family. LOL), I am taking the #clayshare365challenge that Jess came up with. The challenge is to create or design or make every day for the next 365 days. (Started January 1st). It’s a way to keep your mind and spirit alive and thriving. All of you creatives know what I am talking about.
Now, this doesn’t mean I’m going to post every day for the next 365 days (those that follow me know I haven’t been stellar about blogging on any kind of regular basis. Let’s face it I let life get in my way. But maybe 2020 will be my year) anyway I will be blogging about my process and the pots I make. By the end of the year, I should have 365 new pots.
So this is how I started my challenge. Mini pumpkin dishes (filling out a customer order) a couple of new rectangle dishes. These dishes/trays were impressed with a beautiful Moroccon Tile rolling pin desined by Jessica Putnam Phillips and made by The Texture Shoppe.
We all know Valentines Day is coming so I felt the need for heart-shaped magnets as well. Maybe some heart shaped dishes? Or am I getting to sappy with hearts.
I’m not sure what I’m going to call this bowl but I am in love with its shape and texture. This texture is from another rolling pin called Winter butterfly created by Sharon Hopper at The Texture Shoppe. The shape of the bowl was made with a large cookie cutter I bought from BobbisCookiesCutters on Etsy. (All you potters and bakers check out the Etsy shop. No, I have no affiliation with this shop. I just really like their products and have bought several cutters from them and they work great)
Ok, well that’s my first blog post of 2020. I hope anyone who reads this blog and has any advice, ideas or comments please share with me. That will be the only way I can make this adventure interesting, educational and fun.
I always wanted to have a homemade vanilla extract. It has only 2 ingredients and is all natural, no chemicals at all. I found so many recipes on the net about the process and all of them had lots of vanilla beans. In my country vanilla beans are very expensive so buying 8 or 10 […]
For those of you who don’t know about Etsy Treasuries, it’s a collection of items from a collection of Etsy shops that usually has a theme, i.e.Fall In Love, Puppy Love, etc. and it’s always exciting when an item gets chosen to be in a treasury. This happened to me today and I am very happy. So I am sharing this with you.
Elena Vandelli of Elena Vandelli Bags https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElenaVandelliBags put together this really lovely fall treasury and along with many other items from other Etsy shops she included my Grape Vine leaf dish.
Take a minute to check out the items and maybe do some shopping. If you like what you see feel free to share it with friends and family. I sure am.
It’s such a short but lovely season. That short period of time when all the trees turn amazing colors, there is always a slight breeze and then there is the smell of fall. That one day you open the door and you can smell it, maybe you can’t describe it, but it’s there.
Fall, the season of pumpkin spice everything. And that’s OK by me. I have always loved pumpkin everything. So to show my love of pumpkin I decided to make a few pumpkin dishes.
Maybe not your typical orange pumpkins but I like the colors that came out by my mixing glazes.
Then, of course, I had to include the fall leaves. I have a lot of Hydrangea bushes and grape vines around my property. I felt they would make perfect fall accents to anyone’s holiday table.
Slab rolled clay is the perfect canvas for creating special shapes and designs from clay. I do most of my work with a slab roller. Occasionally I will throw clay on my wheel but I have let myself get rusty at it. I am trying to make myself just sit down and throw, especially cups. But alas I am having no luck. But I will keep trying. If any of you potters out there can “throw” me some advice on how do make cups on the wheel I would love to hear from you.
In the meantime I make pottery from slabs of earthenware clay. Like this fall platter I just made to go along with my pumpkin and leaf plates.
Well I know I haven’t been blogging on a regular basis, I will try to improve on that also, because I would love to share my journey into making and hopefully selling my pottery now that I am retired.
Right now I’m gonna go get a pumpkin latte and glaze some new pottery.
An easy to make blackberry syrup mixed with club soda and a touch of cream. This blackberry cream soda is the perfect way to use up your blackberries. I can’t believe that summer is unofficially over. I mean, September is when the kids go back to school, when the Halloween candies and decorations make their…
I’ve been busy in my pottery studio. Trying to decide what to make that people would love to buy for themselves or give as gifts. After all I would like to make a little income on my work. Working on wedding plates, trinket dishes as wedding favors (mainly because I have 2 daughters getting married. Yikes!). Also the holidays will be here before you know it. So Holiday themed plates, bowls, maybe cups. Maybe not cups, I have not exactly mastered cup making yet.
I don’t have too much of a problem making and decorating the pottery. My nightmare is deciding on what to glaze the pots. It’s as if my creativity got all used up in designing and making the plates, bowls, etc that after I bisque fire them and it’s time to glaze my creative muses have bailed on me. I stare and my lovely bisque ware and it’s as if they are saying to me “what’s next?” and I don’t always have an answer. Don’t get me wrong sometimes I do have a clear plan and pottery does get glazed. But there are those pieces that I just freeze. Like the wedding plates. Wedding colors? Colors that go with the home decor? Colors that I think are just nice? I don’t know. Will I ever get this right? Will people like it? Will my daughters like it? That’s the nightmare. Having a studio full of unglazed pottery and I can’t commit to a glaze color or colors and I just freeze. I blame that fact that I’m a Pisces. Two fish going in opposite directions. I almost never make a decision easily. Always seeing different sides of the same picture. If you could hear what goes on inside my head sometimes you’d be amazed.
I spend a good amount of time watching and learning from the wonderful potters that share their skills and advise on periscope. #pottersofperiscope. They all seem to have it all together. Create the pot, glaze it in the most perfect way, sell the pot. Will I ever be that confident. I’m sure gonna try. But I’m not there yet. There’s the nightmare again. The good thing about nightmares is that you wake up. Look around and realize everything is OK. Pots may still need to be glazed but I just need to pick up the glaze brush and make that first stroke and hope for the best. Who knows, it may turn out like a dream. Just do it. That’s what I will tell myself. Just do it.
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old” George Burns
When last I left you I was firing up my kiln for a bisque firing. Well all came out great.
I was very happy that every piece fired without any problems. Now the pieces have been glazed I loaded up the kiln again for a glaze firing! Woo hoo! And now we wait… again.
While I’m waiting for my kiln to do its job and magically turn my glazed pottery into amazing pieces of functional pottery I decided to take the WordPress University Course 101 on how to have a successful blog. Because I would like to have a blog that you all want to read. A blog that no one reads is just sad.
Assignment 1. Write and introductory post. Who am I and what is my blog about. When I first thought about writing a blog I thought It would just be fun to share my journey in the pottery studio.
Not a journey of a young woman just getting started on a new career or a new mother finding her way through life with kids. I did that already. I am not a spring chicken. I’m an aging hen. 61 years old! I’ve spent the last 35 years raising 3 amazing daughters, working side by side with my husband in our Italian deli. Then 10 years working in an arts and crafts store.
When I reluctantly retired (due to a really cranky pair of knees) I thought “what now?” That’s when I realized it’s never too late to start something new. It’s my time now. Now I have the time to do what I love to do. CREATE! I love making pottery, I love making jewelry, I love to cook (cooking is a craft). That is why my tagline is “Create something everyday” It makes me happy and I would love to share it all with you.
I want women my age to read my blog and say to themselves “It really is never too late to do what makes you happy and reinvent yourself.”
So here we go. Any advice you have please share. I would love to hear from you. You may save me from hitting a few walls or tripping over myself.