Posts made in May, 2011

Self Sabotage

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in About Me, Philosophy | 2 comments

“Just imagine how much you’d get done… if you stopped actively sabotaging your own work.”   – Seth Godin I can always find reasons why I don’t do things.  Truthfully, they aren’t reasons, just excuses.  For instance, last Sunday, I didn’t make any pots; I didn’t take any photos; I didn’t clean anything.  But it wasn’t a restful or rejuvenating day either.  I read; ate dinner; watched TV; and that’s about it. So all this slothfulness has me thinking…If I had a wheel at home, I would make pots.  Wait…I do but I didn’t.  I love pottery and as odd as it is, I often...

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A Potter’s Most Challenging Request

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in About Me, Glazes, Mugs, Multiples, Pottery, Selling Pottery, Spring Snow, Surface Decoration | 2 comments

I love mugs and I love making mugs – they are probably my favorite pots to make.  However, I shudder with anxiety when some one wants to replace a beloved but broken mug. As a potter, I get a lot of  requests for mugs.  But, when some one is looking to replace a mug, they don’t want a new mug; they want the same mug that they had.  Inevitably, these are coffee drinkers who have spent countless mornings with a familiar friend.  And, they often tell me in detail why their mug was perfect – ‘the handle was comfortable’, ‘it fit the curve of my hand’, ‘ it held exactly the amount of coffee I can...

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Potter’s Tool Kit – Core Tools

Posted by on May 19, 2011 in About Me, Review, Tools | 0 comments

Acquiring tools will not make better pots - practicing with them will. Tools are a hot topic in pottery.  They are discussed during every demo, at every workshop, and in every class.  A potter’s tool kit is unique to the potter. The tools a potter uses can determine (in part) the type of pot the potter makes.  I like to try new tools and see how they change my pots.  When I am unfocused or struggling to design a new pot, I challenge myself to make a cylinder or bowl using different tools. I use a variety of tools but there are a few tools that are my core tools. Triangle trim tool – This is...

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Pottery – There’s an App for that!

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Pottery, Throwing | 0 comments

It is 7 in the morning and you are itching to get into the studio but it isn’t open for several hours.  Here is something to tide you over until you get to a wheel… Virtual...

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Mid-May Maintenance

Posted by on May 14, 2011 in A Bit Off Center, Maintenance, Spring Snow | 0 comments

Our first craft show is over, the stores are stocked with inventory, and there are no gifts to be made at the moment.  It is a still time for A Bit Off Center.  We have a few orders to fill; but, for the most part, there is nothing pressing.  It is a nice reprieve – one that I have filled with lists. There are several projects that I have wanted to work on; and I plan to work on a few of those.  But, there are lists of non-pot-making things that I will be focusing on this month. Maintenance (non-pot-making tasks) feels cyclical to me.  We are out of one of our basic glazes so I need to mix...

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