Etsy Treasury

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.

https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NzI0MDE1MzR8Mjg2NTAzODExOQ/fall-in-love

 

Enjoy

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.

 

New Pieces in Progress

“Keep calm and throw some clay”

 

Platters, bowls, soap dishes and refrigerator magnets.   I even had my first experience with carving (the first picture of the dragonfly).

Now if only the weather would cool down a little so I can fire my kiln.

 

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Some new pieces that we recently  added to our shop on Etsy.  I will be adding more as soon as I can do another glaze firing.

Getting To Know Me

“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.2016-06-16 10.07.26

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.

Have a wonderful day!

Rosalia

 

 

 

It’s A Good Day to Get Fired

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Maya Angelou

LOL. Not literally. But it’s a good day and about time I fired up my kiln.  It’s been a long time since I have been able to make pottery.  Life kept getting in the way.

As you may know I have been working on organizing my studio (aka the basement) so I have room to create and make pottery.  Well it’s not perfect but I have my slab roller, potters wheel and tables  set up and I’m off the races.

It has felt so good to get back to making pottery.   I was a little nervous about getting back into it.  But I have been following potters and watching their scopes on Periscope. #Pottersofperiscope  I have learned so much from so many amazing potters from all over the world.  A lot of new techniques and styles of  pottery.  I’ve even started a new collection.  I am going to buy a piece of pottery from each of my favorite potters.  I started with Jessica Putnam Phillips (the porcelain soldier on etsy)

Michael Kline, Adam Field, Heesoo Lee, Maude Andersson, Lisa and Alex Lapella, and so many more.

Sometimes I watch too many scopes and a voice in my head asked  “Are you crazy?  You’ll will never be that good.”  But then the other voice said “Yes you are… But don’t let that stop you”.

I’m not. So this is what I have done. I went downstairs and I made pottery.  Plates, platters, functional stuff.  Had a ball, fell in love with the clay all over again.

And now It’s time to fire up my kiln.  I loaded it up. It started like a charm.  It made the familiar ticking sound as the temperature started to rise.   I felt like it was saying “where have you been old friend? I missed you.”

So it will take about 11-12 hours to come to temperature and then a few more hours to cool down.  I can’t wait to open it up.  It is always like Christmas when I do.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Rosalia

 

 

 

 

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