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.


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.






Shy Buddha

“Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the moment”. Buddha

In my creative space I have a small statue of a Shy Buddha.  You can see him periodically in some of the pictures with my pottery posted in our Etsy shop(  I truly don’t remember when or where he came from, I think it may have been from my daughter Christina.   He gives me a sense of calm when I find myself stuck for an idea.  Sometimes the thought that I have to create something or my day is incomplete causes me to not be creative.  2016-04-05 18.40.05

I tend to always put the pressure on myself and I’m sure I’m not the only one.  Yes you, you know who you are.  So creating a space that is warm and inviting, I believe, is essential.

Now that my youngest daughter Sondra has a home of her own I have turned her bedroom into a space where I can go and be creative in a bright, warm, peaceful, zen like space. The morning sun comes streaming in through the windows giving the room a wonderful warm brightness.  I find that’s the perfect time to create designs for my jewelry or sketch ideas for my pottery.  It is also a great time to take pictures of the pottery, jewelry and crochet pieces that Linda and I create for our shop on Etsy.

I believe we all have so much going on in our lives these days that it is hard to just stop, breathe and think.  Let alone be creative.  So I have found having an area I can go to get away from everything and sometimes everybody really keeps me centered and less stressed.

So with  Shy Buddha  and little Mia (my sweet little Shih Tzu) by my side I can be peaceful and open2015-12-26 16.10.21 to any creative idea that comes along.  Hopefully.

Do any of you have a special space where you can go to unwind, be creative have a glass of wine?  I would love to hear about what and where you go to unwind, relax and create.

Rose, Mia and Shy Buddha

Update:  I am still working on my pottery space downstairs, which is not quite as zen as the upstairs bedroom.  But it’s getting there. Slowly but surely.  I promise.