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Just a quick post to let you know that it’s time for my annual seconds sale! Lots of beautiful pieces heavily discounted for very minor flaws. There are also some first quality sale items and samples. Go check it out!

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Low Groove Serving bowl in Turquoise, White and Warm Matte Grey

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Flared Pebble Vase in White

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Groove Mug in Sky Blue

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Whirl Bowl with Turquoise Accent

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Catching Up

Happy New Year! Yes, I’m a little behind. Let’s do some catching up.

December turned out to be a very busy month for me. I started out by designing new postcards and web banners for my online shop and blog. It took a while (my graphic design skills were a little rusty), but I finally came up with a look that I’m really happy with.

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Then I had the privilege of attending  Art Basel and Design Miami. There was so much to see – it was a bit overwhelming.  We weren’t suppose to take photographs, but I managed to sneak in a few. Below are a few of my favorite pieces.

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Michael Geertsen

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Takuro Kuwata

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Markus Linnenbrink

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Richard Pettibone

We had an amazing dinner at db modern in downtown Miami. I had pumpkin ravioli with truffles and lobster. TRUFFLES AND LOBSTER! Not my typical Thursday night meal. Probably one of the best dishes I’ve ever had.

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Miami was great, but I was eager to get back into the studio where I had a custom mug order to finish for a long-time client. Not the best picture but hopefully you get the general idea. The creamy white porcelain shows through a glossy clear glaze and white pebbles float up from the bottom. I wish I had taken better photos, but I was eager to pack them up and ship them off so they could join a set of bowls and whirls in their new home.

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I also started on some new work- striped vases in warm grey. The one on the right was gifted to some very special friends and the one on the left is available in my shop. I’m looking forward to making more.

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And of course there was lots of packing and many trips to the post office, followed by a flurry of holiday activities. I’m excited to get back into the swing of things and get working on some new pieces. Cheers to 2014!

 

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Going on now in my Etsy shop! There’s a nice selection of pieces priced up to 50% off.

 

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Happy Summer!

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A custom bowl order.

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Vases in Steel Grey.

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New Groove Vases.

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Red!

 

 

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Then:

Now:

It’s been a busy few months around here. Unfortunately I didn’t document everything, so above is just a very small fraction of what I’ve recently thrown, glazed, fired, packed and shipped. A consistant flow of orders and special projects have kept me happily busy since last fall with the added bonus of making the month of January fly by. Nothing like hunkering down in the studio and coasting right through the coldest, darkest month of the year. And now, aside from finishing a few pieces for a shop in Virginia and unloading a few more special orders from the kiln, I’m ready to start tackling my slightly neglected to-do list.

I’ve started to organize my remaining inventory, deciding which designs and glazes I’ll keep and which ones I’ll retire. Sorry turquoise, it’s nothing personal. I’ve listed a few of the retirees in the sale section of my Etsy shop.

Small Pebble Vase in Turquoise

After months of non-stop making, I’ve collected a small batch of seconds- pieces that didn’t quite meet my standards for first quality, but were still too nice to smash. I’ve been going through those as well and have listed a few of the less-than-perfect little gems in my Etsy shop with more to come.

Curvy Vase with Blue Accent

Of course, not everything can escape the hammer so the rejects have been repurposed for stress relief.

Now I’ve got to deal with my desk and perform the torturous task of sifting through countless receipts, files and undoubtedly, another to-do list. Trust me, you really don’t need to see a picture of that.

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I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered with FAB! Sale starts Tuesday, January 10th at 11:00 am and will include limited quantities of my most popular designs.

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We enjoyed a much-needed quiet and relaxing day yesterday. A walk in the park, the Arrested Development marathon (heyyyyyy brother), a tasty meal plus some dancing in the kitchen made for a pretty great day. I cooked, the professor cleaned and Maddy supervised. All was right with the world.

And that brings us to today, the day for steals and deals, Black Friday. While I avoid the mall and big box stores like the plague- especially on holiday weekends- I do love a good sale. So, in an attempt to save you from the craziness this weekend, I’m having a sale in my shop. Avoid the crowds and suport handmade. Trust me, it’s a win win situation. You can thank me later.

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I use to think that saying that I favored one of my designs over all of the others sounded as bad as saying that I had a favorite child. I had to remind myself that even though I have an emotional (unnatural, perhaps?) attachment to everything I make, my pieces are not living, breathing creatures. Sorry Sweet Peas, that goes for you too. So I’m just going to say it- the Whirl Serving Dish is my favorite.

Other than my husband and loved ones (especially including my dog) there is nothing as important to me as my work. And because there is no design that I have thought about and agonized over more, the Whirl holds a special place in my heart. At the time, it seemed like the idea for the design just tumbled out of nowhere. One minute I was playing around, cutting up some bowls that I had thrown and then BOOM! I saw how this simple bowl could become a new form. I thought, “I’ll just make a couple of adjustments and it’ll be great. Shouldn’t be too hard to make”. Ha! What a naive little potter I was.

Imagining the form was the easy part. Actually making what I envisioned as perfectly as I imagined turned out to be a bit of a nightmare. Keeping the lines fluid and seamless on what was essentially a surgically altered porcelain “skin” at times seemed impossible. The lines within the piece where what made the design visually dynamic and interesting and I knew that any ornamentation including a heavy glaze would take away from that. So I had the bright idea that the Whirl would only have a clear glaze. That meant that even the slightest imperfections along the seams would be visible. Fabulous. Thankfully after a lot of trial and error and more error, frustration and swearing I developed a technique that works pretty well.*

Now the Whirl has become my favorite thing to make. For the past few weeks I’ve been working on some new incarnations, using the same general technique, but focusing on the idea of functional sculpture. I’m excited to push it even further, but I wanted to share a two of my favorites that just came out of the kiln. Each will be available in my shops this week.


* Sorry, I’m not going to tell you what that technique is. A girl has to have her secrets.

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1. Busy.
2. Handles. And more handles. And still more handles.
3. New pieces in the shop.
4. Squirrel guard.
5. My favorites from my favorite.
6. One of the best things about August.

Hope your lately has been treating you well.

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