Summer Solstice

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Craft Show, Holiday | 0 comments

It’s the Summer Solstice today – longest day/shortest night.  If it isn’t already obvious from past postings, I really like the solstices and equinoxes.  It is something about their oppositional balance that I find appealing. So, on this first official day of summer, I spent most of it in the studio working on snowman plates.  It was purely coincidental that what we were working on Christmas-themed pots today.   However, we struggled last year to keep up with the requests for Christmas plates because we didn’t start making them until September.  This year, I am determined to avoid that craziness.  In addition to that,  Carolina Artists’ Colony (one of the stores that hosts our pots) is planning a ‘Christmas in July’ event that we will be participating in; so we have to get the plates done. We just finished the spring shows and our next show isn’t until August which gives us a bit of a break.  The spring show season was a success.  We had wonderful weather for all the shows, excellent booth locations, a great response from new patrons, and visits from  many people who bought pots at past events.  Our sales were excellent and many of the new glazes on our small bowls were well received.  Shows are a lot of work to prepare for and to do; but, they are well worth it when we have such a...

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Christmas Dishes

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Holiday, Inspiration | 0 comments

One of the things I had hoped to accomplish this year was to make myself a set of Christmas dishes.  I struggled most of the year to develop ideas.  I came up with two designs.  However, I didn’t make a full set.  My new plan is to develop a new Christmas design each year to add to the...

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Open House and Studio Sale

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Holiday | 0 comments

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual open house and studio sale.  We feel blessed that you came.  Merry...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Glazes, Holiday | 0 comments

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected sources.  Julie and I purchased a glaze sampler set and among the colors was one that I called ‘toxic orange’.  What else could be done but make...

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Good Friday

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in About Me, Holiday | 1 comment

Recently, Julie and I had the privilege of making a communion set – one of my favorite requests to fill.  And, although we have made several sets over the past few years, I found myself pondering all the truths that the communion pieces symbolize while working on the set. At Christmas time, we celebrate Christ’s birth; but, Christ didn’t remain a baby in a manger.  He came with the purpose to die as a sacrifice for our sins; and, we remember His death and celebrate His resurrection at Easter. During the Passover week, Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (celebrated as Palm Sunday); and the crowd welcomed Him.  But just a few days later, that same crowd called for His death, and He was crucified (celebrated as Good Friday).  After three days in the tomb, Christ overcame death, met with His followers, and ascended to heaven (celebrated as Easter). Christ’s death on the cross fulfilled God’s holy requirements for a sinless sacrifice and because of His death, our sins can be forgiven (2 Corn. 5:21 He who knew no sin was made to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God).   His body was sacrificed (symbolized by the bread) and His blood was spilled (symbolized by the wine) for everyone’s sins which is what we rememeber at communion and celebrate at Easter (John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes on Him will not perish but have eternal life). Today is Good Friday and I am hoping that many of those communion sets are being used to celebrate this most Holy of...

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In a Holi-Daze

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in About Me, Holiday | 4 comments

Christmas is over – but I am still celebrating.  I am always loathe to abruptly cease the celebration.  Since I struggle with transitions, I tend to drag them out so I can soften the stark contrast of change.  I am still lighting the tree, watching holiday movies that I recorded, and working on the Christmas Eve jig saw puzzle. Although I am back to work at my day job, I have not gotten much done in the studio.  We began a plate project but it is nice to slow the pace down.  After-all, there is still much merry-making to be...

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