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Well that was a long hiatus. 5+ months of no posts. Oops. I blame instagram. It’s just too easy to take a photo, upload it and not have to worry about adding a whole lot of words. If you’d like, you can follow me at kim_westad.

When not feeding my instagram addiction, I’ve been in the studio making lots of new things for the holidays including some new ornaments. This year, Whirl ornaments come in colors including silver, white ice, and copper.

I’ve also added some new Peace and Noel snowflake ornaments also in white ice, silver and soft gold.

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Now for some business news. For those of you kind folks who will be ordering gifts in the next few weeks, please know that I won’t be shipping from December 12 through December 21st. For you last minute New York shoppers, I will be at the Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market on December 23rd from 11-5 at 622 Degraw Street in Park Slope. Should be a great day.

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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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Last year, the professor and I decided that we wanted to get a potted Christmas tree that could serve it’s purpose during the holidays, live outside for the rest of the year, then come back in for Christmas 2011.

We ended up finding a sweet little tree that was just big enough for our space. The tag read “decorative houseplant perfect for windows, bright dining and living areas” so I thought it was exactly what we were looking for. When I got it home and read the care instructions however, I realized that this particular variety of evergreen could not tolerate temperatures below 45 degrees. At the time, it didn’t seem like a big deal since the tree was pretty small and looked more like a house plant than a tree anyway. So, the little tree stayed in the house until April (sans decorations) when he was moved outside to live for the summer.

Fast forward to mid-October when the temperatures were threatening to dip into the 40’s for the first time this season. Time for the little tree to come inside. Except now, the little tree had grown so much during the summer that it needed to be transplanted into a bigger pot. With a bit of swearing and swelling (apparently I have a skin sensitivity to evergreen needles. brilliant!), the now not-so-little-tree got repotted and moved into the studio.

Look at that nice big, WIDE tree! I never knew neglecting a potted plant could yield so much growth. Maybe if I had neglected my herb garden a little more, my empty ice cube trays would be full of basil pesto. What to do with this behemoth? It’s a high production time of year and I need every inch of studio space for work. Plus it’s pretty much a given that I will inevitably trip on it every time I pass by (hello swelling!). We ended up moving the monster into a tight corner of my diningroom where sadly, it no longer looks like a houseplant.

That’s where he’ll stay until after the holidays when I’ll have to figure out a more permanent solution. For now though, I plan to at least get some use out of him since it’s time for my 2011 Whirl ornaments to make their debut. The beast should at least earn his keep.

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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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