About Me

2015!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in About Me, Travel | 0 comments

Happy 2015!  It is a new year and now that the holidays are over, I am ready to go boldly into this calendar year. Looking back at 2014, there were lots of good things.  Jeff and I started the year in Japan – which was an amazing and inspirational trip.  We ‘finished’ dog training classes with Koko.  And, our backyard underwent several landscaping changes – a project that has been long over-due but is still a work in progress.  And, of course, there were lots of trips to visit friends and family and opportunities to host several house guests, too! I also made some...

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March 6

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in About Me, Sous-potter | 0 comments

It is cold today.  March is a potluck of weather conditions.  But I don’t mind working in the studio when it is cold if I run the heater, have warm throwing water, and the clay isn’t cold.  Cold clay gives me an ice-cream headache.  I tried to speed up the warming process by putting the clay by the fire – which did help.  So Braum and I spent a wintry, March evening in the studio making bowls and tumblers (although I think he would have preferred remaining by the fire.)

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Common Questions

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in About Me, Shows | 0 comments

Although pottery isn’t my full time pursuit, I treat it professionally.  That means, I set time to work in the studio and then go there; I maintain a website and have business cards; and, I keep financial records.  Since I often get asked logistical questions about A Bit Off Center, I thought I would share a few of the most common ones. You make a lot of pots; when do you do it?  Each week is different; but, essentially, I work a few afternoons from 4 til 630 and Saturday with Julie.  I have a studio at home, so I often work for short sessions on ‘off’ evenings.  I enjoy my...

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A New Beginning

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in About Me | 0 comments

The New Year has begun.  And although I am optimistic about all 2013 has to offer, 2013 feels different…larger.   Perhaps that is because while I am welcoming the new year, I am also welcoming a new decade of my life and as I am contemplating goals for 2013, I  am also thinking about where I want to go in this new stage of life. Working in clay has enhanced my life and pushed me beyond who I thought I could be.  But now I am asking myself why I am making pots.  I think that is a question all potters ask themselves.  In fact, it is one I ask all my beginning students.  Answers vary, but...

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Confessions of a Quantifier

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in About Me, How-to, Scale | 0 comments

I admit that I like to quantify things – by weight/volume/ whatever – give me a number to associate with it and it feels more tangible.  In fact, when I cook, I use 2 timers – one counts down based on the prescribed time to doneness but I also use one that counts up – so I can KNOW how much time it really took to doneness. I believe this neuroses of quantification is a good thing for potters.  By weighing clay, a potter can gauge how efficently she has thrown a pot.  I weigh my clay and often make note of it – I do this as I get the clay balls ready for...

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Don’t wait for it – work for it

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in About Me, Creativity | 0 comments

I’ve never been successful waiting for creativity and motivation to strike.  However, I have been successful finding creative solutions and getting a lot of work done when I work – even if I don’t feel like it.  The discipline of engaging with the clay and following a work schedule hase resulted in more successful pots for me. Creativity and success are not the result of lightening strike work habits.  However, I am a lazy person who will squander time piddling around the house without much to show for it.  So I avert my naturally tendencies toward slothfulness by...

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