Posts made in December, 2010


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 things for the people I love. I also enjoyed teaching the pottery class this session because it was the last one before the holidays.  This was the first year that I taught the winter session.  The theme of the session was ‘Ceramics for the Holidays‘.  The intent was to help the potters make all the pots on their gift list.  I don’t think they really needed any help because they were very motivated and quite focused.   I loved hearing the other potters discussing which pots they were giving and to whom.  They were excited and I was excited.  I hope all of those recipients enjoy the gifts they were given.  They were certainly made with love and thoughtfulness.  I can’t wait to hear how they were...

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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 tried to make the pot galleries to the same diameter so I could make all the lids the same size.  This is the liberty of multiples – I found a lid to match every pot.        It took a while for me to figure out how to number the pots.  Discarded ideas included: numbering each cubby rather than the pot (but the pots filled the cubbies so the numbers couldn’t be seen), incising the pots and filling with underglaze (but that would limit glaze choices), and stamping numbers into the pot body (but that could distort the pot which might prevent the lid from fitting well).  I decided to add stamped numbers to each pot – this allowed for the least amount of opportunity for distortion.        I originally wanted to glaze the pots in white/green and white/red – which I did for one set.  But it was suggested that multiple glazes would be fun – which is how I glazed the boxes for my friend and nephews.  I must say, the multiple pots are fun – they invite you to pick them up and keep you engaged with the shadowbox.  However, the white/red/green pots feel very festive and Christmasy.          Jeff worked hard on the shadow box – the beveled corners really set it off.  The final challenge was choosing a color for the shadow box.  Green worked really well for the white/red/green pots; but the color choice for the multiples is still a bit unresolved.  The gold is a bit harsh but will do for now.  I am looking forward to making another box for my...

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2010 in Gifts, Holiday, Lids, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was given my first Advent calendar while I was an exchange student in Germany.  I loved opening the numbered cardboard door to get a chocolate every day until Christmas.  I wish advent calendars had been a part of my Christmas celebration as a child.  So I wanted to share them with my nephews; and, some years, I have managed to find cardboard calendars for them.  But, I wanted to make them something that would become a permanent part of their Christmas memories. Jeff and I worked to make the Advent calendar and shadowbox.  It was especially nice to work with Jeff – I told him I wanted a wooden box that would hold the numbered jars and rotate on a lazy-susan.  He designed a wonderful shadowbox.  And, from the reports that I am getting, I think my nephews are enjoying the treats that are stuffed in the...

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2010 in A Bit Off Center, Inkstone, Selling Pottery, Uncategorized | 1 comment

A Bit Off Center is thrilled to be represented at  Inkstone Gallery in Winterville, NC.  Julie and I brought several pots to the gallery.  And, we were greeted with a warm reception by its curator, Lisa.  We are very excited to be a part of this adorable, local gallery.  Although we can sell our pottery anywhere, we can only be local potters here.  It is very gratifying to be a part of this local arts...

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Holiday Craft Show

Posted by on Dec 6, 2010 in Craft Show, Holiday, Selling Pottery, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This weekend was our last craft show for the year.  It has been a really great year and we have improved with each show.  This show was at the Beaufort Civic Center, which is a converted train station – quite a lovely venue.  Although the show was a bit slow, we were able to sell several pots and meet a lot of people.  We even had people return to purchase things who bought pots from us last year.  And, several friends stopped by our booth to wish us well (some even brought us snacks – thanks to all of you!).  By the end of the show, it had begun to snow – a real rarity in December in eastern NC!  Let the holiday festivities...

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