Gifts

Handmade Holiday

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in About Me, Gifts, Holiday, Philosophy, Sous-potter, Teaching | 2 comments

Handmade gifts can express something more than an average store-bought gift.  A handmade present is one-of-a kind.  And, in our lives of homogeneous chain stores and generic gift cards, this is refreshing. Handmade gifts made by you are even more special.  Perhaps because they represent a sacrifice of time and energy; or, perhaps because they are an intimate expression of how dear the recipient is to you.  Even children recognize this.  I really enjoy helping kids make things – pottery, cookies, ornaments, etc.  And, more often than not, as they are working on their craft, they are planning...

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Christmas List for a Potter

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Books, Gifts, Holiday, Scale, Tools | 1 comment

During gift-giving season, many people are searching for the perfect present.  So, I have been commissioned by the elves to help.  To that, here are some suggestions that would surely make any potter smile on Christmas morning. Stocking Stuffers: Sherrill Mud tools Dolan Trim tools Metal and Wooden Ribs For the VERY Nice Potter: Wheel Kiln Giffin Grip Under-the-Tree Gifts: Throwing Bats Tile Bat System Clay Scale Set of three sieves Sampler sieves For the Literary Potter: 500 Book Series Subscription to Clay Times Subscription to Pottery Maker’s Illustrated For the Experimental Potter: Glaze...

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On making gifts

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in About Me, Gifts, Holiday, Philosophy, Sous-potter | 0 comments

It is mid-November which means that gifts must be started very soon.  I thought I got a great start on the Advent calendar in July.  I made four sets of jars.  To date, I have glazed 1.5 sets of jars and Jeffrey has completed one of the new boxes.  This is how life is – something more urgent (not necessarily important) interrupts the progress.  I plan to glaze the balance of the jars this weekend and then fire them.  I hope to have two of the boxes for my family finished by Thanksgiving. I am excited about filling each jar with a bible verse and treat.  However, my sous-potter is...

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Sticks and More

Posted by on Jun 17, 2011 in Bowls, Gifts, Lime Fiesta, Mugs | 0 comments

Today, we took new pots to restock inventory at Sticks and More in Snow Hill, NC.  This was the first shop to host pottery by A Bit Off Center.  It is a cute store – actually it is a renovated petroleum station.  Although I am a potter by passion, I work for an environmental consulting firm by day – which means that most of my clients are petroleum retail facilities.  But, none of my project sites have an AST (above ground storage tank) painted pink! Sticks and More is just as adorable inside as it is outside.  They have quite an assortment of fun and unique gifts and they host...

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Vacation

Posted by on Dec 27, 2010 in Class, Gifts, Holiday, Studio, Uncategorized | 0 comments

My last day of potting was December 21.  Julie and I worked really hard to fill orders and finish gifts.  We will get back to work at the end of the week.  But I am relishing the break and the time to do some other holiday things. This holiday season was a lot of fun for me.  I love making pottery to give because I love making pots for dear friends most of all.  Although I started in October, it was barely enough time to finish all the gifts that I wanted to give.  Even with the early start, I didn’t get tired of the holiday preparations.  I enjoyed the process of planning and making...

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Advent Continued

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in Gifts, Glazes, Holiday, Lids, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Advent Pot Production I really enjoyed making the Advent calendar.  So I thought I would share the development process.  As I have disclosed, I don’t have a artistic background.  So it was surprising for me to find out that ‘artists’ work and rework ideas – they don’t ‘just’ make something.  At first, I wanted to make various types of lidded jars – but I had to stick with drop-in and bowl lids because they allowed the most volume (I wanted to fit 2 chocolates in each pot).  I made all the pots in one sitting and then threw all the lids.  I...

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