Thursday, December 29, 2011

Final Student Work for 2011

I admit I'm obsessed with this cat. His name is Big Kitty. I got him as a Christmas present from the Erickson girls around seven years ago.

Two moose, a snail, a hippo, and a dragon.

Isn't he gorgeous. This was made by a 15 year old boy.

Here's the work in the kiln.

This moose was made with speckled buff clay (Cone 5) wrapped around a balloon and the parts added. He was bisque-fired to 06. Details were emphasized with iron brown oxide and dipped in clear. Fired to cone 6.

The last time we met for the year was Dec. 12th, but I tried to take some photos before the students filtered in to retrieve their work. My phone died before I finished, but you'll get the idea. Here's the table of work. The baskets were made by cutting strips of clay and criss-crossing them with slip inside of a bisque-fired thrown bowl. I forgot to have the students flatten the bottom and they are a bit tippy. This photo shows a variety of work we made over a 5-week period.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Paradise Sale and More Dec. 7-15

The Paradise Artisan Sale before our customers showed up.

Jeani, still setting out her wares.

Jo Katona Brown and just a little of her beautiful jewelry


Jill Hart--"Nana Hart" homemade goat-milk products and gift baskets.

Browsing and listening to music.

Paradise has talent! Dale, Erin and Jake Major.

Christy and David Holmes work.

Christy and Jill visit.

Wow, it's been a busy week as a potter. Last Wednesday and Thursday friends helped me put flyers in newspaper boxes throughout Paradise. We'd already put up flyers. I still had a glaze firing cooling in the kiln. Friday night I met Christy Holmes down at the Paradise Town Hall and we set up tables and brought our work in. Saturday morning the rest of the vendors came and we finished setting up. It was a great day, with good sales, and fun entertainment. Christy brought a big pot of soup that really hit the spot. Besides the money that I earned I made some great trades at the Paradise Market and at the Winter's Gift Market. I traded for soaps, lotion, honey products, and jam. We'll do the Paradise Market again at the end of May during the Fire Department's Breakfast for Memorial Day. I enjoyed meeting new friends too.

We finished up the Monday night classes this week and had a lot of glazing to do. The pots are all in the kiln cooling off and I hope to take some photos before they disappear.

November 28th-December 7th

Julie wraps a rolled slab around a cardboard ice cream container to make a planter.

A cute visitor from USU came to finish some pieces for Christmas.
Making magnets and ornaments.
Do I need to eat this hippo?

One of my freshly thrown vases.
Ronda Hinrichsen, Me, and Marie Higgins together at The Book Table

At the Winter Gift Market. It was fun and went well.
Monday night in the studio.

A grandmother helping her granddaughter
Making a turtle.

Making a snail

Making a hippo.

Making a pig.

Making a dog.

The row of animals made in Monday Night Studio.
It's always better to be too busy than not busy enough when it comes to the pottery business. This last week was one of those times when I had a little more going on than I could comfortably do well. I finished work for the Winter Gift Market and taught a few classes. And I did a book signing at The Book Table for Sun Tunnels and Secrets and Just Shy of Paradise. Here's some highlights. While being a part of the Winter Gift Market at the Bullen Arts Center in Logan I also ran next door to The Book Table to be part of their Midnight Madness Sale to represent and sign my books. The market went Friday night and all day Saturday.  In the studio I had three classes. In my Wednesday class we finished everything up and glazed the pottery. And in the Monday classes we continued to make pottery, sculptures, magnets, and Christmas ornaments.