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 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.



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.






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


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







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.



Clutter & Chaos

Funny thing about starting over, your all gun ho about getting back to doing what you love to do.  You make plans (I’ll make this mug and design this bowl this way, this glaze will be perfect for that platter) You go down to your “studio” aka the basement and realize there is 3 years of stuff in what used to be your pottery space.  Ugh!

Yep, totally what happened to me.  It’s not that I didn’t notice the clutter before.  But I wasn’t using it as a pottery space, it was a storage space.  Kids moved out and left stuff, kids came back with more stuff, kids left again.  You guessed it, they left more stuff.  Then there is my stuff books, magazines, future pottery molds, objects with great texture for future pottery stuff.  It was not pretty!  There will be no pictures people.  Until it is to my liking, check back in about 10 years.  No just kidding.

The problem with cleaning up and organizing, especially if your are a creative person, is that you see potential in almost everything.  That is part of my problem.  I need to be strong and throw stuff out.  I can do that.  I can.  Really.

So this is my goal for the week. To get my studio back in order. I’m actually glad the weather is crappy.  Snow in April when it didn’t snow all winter is nuts. But if it was nice outside I would be in the garden.

So  Misty (one of my cats, actually my daughters cat) and I will be heading down to the studio.  I’ll be organizing she will be mousing.  Because like it or not living in the country means mice, even in the basement, I mean studio.


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Have a great day everyone!