Friday, February 14, 2014

Happenings in Carole's Studio

I haven't worked as much since Christmas, but things are started to pick up. Right now I'm making pottery to sell at the Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous on Feb. 28th and March 1st. On Thursday Mornings we have an ongoing open studio class from 9:30-noon. Here's some of the fun stuff that the kids made lately. Plus be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the dinnerware set I made. 

14 yr. old Amanda loves to make frogs. The Green one is holding a tiny baby. These frogs are about 4" tall. 

11 yr.old Ameilia (with some help from Kelly) made this beautiful basket. White with lavender top. It's perfect for holding rolls fresh out of the oven. Plus if you warm the ceramic basket in the oven it helps keep the rolls hot. 

Ameilia also made this fun navy blue bowl out of coils, using a disposable bowl for a base. 

The glare doesn't do this lovely bull justice. Amanda covered a balloon to make the body then added legs and other parts. 

The Mortensen family will enjoy these dishes I made. They ordered 8 plates, bowls, and tumblers. And in trade I get Kelly's fabulous facials and hair services. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Getting Back to Work

I love Christmas. After Christmas, I seldom make a pot in January, but this year, I got back to it a little earlier. Yesterday I threw a whole dinnerware set. This set is going to be in payment for facials and whatnot in my friend, Kelly Mortenson's beauty salon in Paradise. It's not that I really need that many facials, but we've discovered that they really help my migraine headaches. They are so lovely. Besides that I get to spend time with a really good friend. By the way if you want to know how to contact Kelly, let me know and I'll put you in touch.

Here's some stuff that's been happening in my studio lately.
Students at work during my Thursday morning class. 

A chip and dip plate and small pitcher. This was a special order.

These very cool upside down mugs were created by a young man, Alex, right before Christmas. 

Here's Bryton who MUST make pottery on the wheel. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I love functional pottery!

(Click on photo for more) It's been tough keeping my studio warm these days, but I've still managed to make some new things. It's a great day when I can spend time in the studio, it's an even better day when it's above 50 degrees in there.
 This one has a two-tone blue design on  speckled tan background. 

I really do love making functional ware. Back in the old days when I was a student, functional ware wasn't what was on my mind. But now it's been over thirty years since my days in the Art Barn at USU. And it thrills me when someone buys my work to use in their kitchens. That way I can imagine them stirring a batch of muffins in a batter bowl, or emptying their utensil drawer into one of my jars. There something aesthetically pleasing about using a piece of art at the dinner table.


 Lately I've been making honey jars. I have friends who produce honey. We buy honey. We use honey, so I began making these jars. They hold over a pint and run around 32.00

 These little pitchers hold about a pint. Great for serving syrup or sauce. The ergonomic handle is comfortable and sturdier than my pulled handles.

Great soup or chili mugs. 16.00 each 
Still a favorite. My batter bowls are great for mixing or serving . They run from 35.00 to 45.00 depending on size. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Sampling of Wares

This is a bowl that will be at the Winter Gift Market.  It's about 8" diameter.   The design is all hand-painted with layered designs.  $40.00

I've made a couple dozen of these frog ornaments for $10.00 each. 

Soap dishes are 14.00 each or 2 for 22.00 at the Gift Market

This one is plum color with a lace design. 

Plate with two tumblers

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Shoppe in Hyrum Civic Center

These are the glazed and fired and ready for the tree frog ornaments. $9.00 each. I have some in Hyrum tomorrow.

My display table at the Hyrum Civic Center
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cache Valley Gardener's Market is a Joy

Granddaughter's first pottery. I'd buy it--wouldn't you?? She played house with it as well as ate dinner off of it.

As you know I love to hike. This week's hike was Stump Hollow up Logan Canyon. We were the only ones on the trail except for a bike rider.

I know I always include flowers whenever I can. A typical Indian Paint Brush

The man I love

Notice the insects. What are they?

View from the trail.

Pale yellow Indian Paint Brush

Tiny aspens

A natural sculpture

Scouts work--love it!

More scouts' work

My stuff
I've loved doing the Cache Valley Gardener's Market whenever I can. It's every Saturday into October at Merlin Olsen Park. I had a group of great scouts from Paradise 1st ward. I also was able to make some beautiful pottery with my three-year-old granddaughter. Her pottery turned out so beautiful and it was fun to see her insist on eating her hamburger on her new plate even though it didn't fit! And drink milk out of her new cup. I enjoy seeing the joy on a child's face when they can create something with their own hands. Here's some examples of my newest work and pottery made by children.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

This, That, and Sa in Carole's Studio

I'm working pretty hard in the studio to get ready for Summerfest and keep up with the Cache Valley Gardener's Market and the Wheeler Historic Farm. Of course I always take time out for walks, hikes, and bike rides and writer's meetings. This week Sa (from Thailand) came back to the studio to try one more time to throw a 12" cylinder. He worked at in for at least a half an hour and couldn't get it past 11 inches. For some reason after 11" his cylinder just couldn't get any higher. He finally asked for me to try and I was able to get it to 12 inches. I've been doing pottery for 35 years, so yeah it's not a big deal for me. Sa started doing pottery less than 9 months ago and could only work on it during his classes in high school. As an exchange student from Thailand, he'd never thrown pottery before coming here. He also hadn't done other types of artwork and yet won a high school competition in painting and his work was featured on the front page of Cache Magazine two weeks ago. He's a happy, extremely determined young person. He goes home to Bangkok on Sunday. What an inspirational guy. I wish him the best, but he won't need my well wishes--he'll go far in life.
On a walk near home

In my studio with freshly made pottery

Sa beginning his 12 " cylidner