And All At Once Summer Collapsed Into Fall

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.

 

Springtime Inspiration

“Don’t knock the weather: nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.”
–  Kin Hubbard

Nature

Where to get inspiration for your artwork, well just go outside and look around.  There is a lot of blooming and getting ready to bloom going on.  Mother Nature doing her thing.  The weather is warming up. It’s been raining here but I have to remember that I  live in New England  and as they say here “If you don’t like the weather just wait 15 minutes it’ll change.

I always get some inspiration for my pottery from nature.  Colors, shapes and textures everywhere I look.  After awhile I don’t see just a flower, I see a piece of pottery with that flower on it.

A couple of mornings ago I was looking outside my family room window and something caught my eye. When I looked closer there was this hummingbird flittering (is that a word?) around my flowering bushes.  Can I just say AMAZING.!  So fast, so controlled, backwards, forwards it was truly a sight to see.

Now I’m trying to come up with ideas to incorporate the hummingbird into a piece of pottery.  When I do you will be the first to know.

I think we are all going 100 miles and hour and unless we slow down a little we miss so much.   Leaving my job and getting back to making pottery has forced me to slow down and look around and appreciate all the natural things in life that are so beautiful and precious.  I am really beginning to enjoy the process of living a calmer, simpler life.

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My little Mia

Well the rain has stopped so Mia and I are going for a walk.

Enjoy your day