Posts made in June, 2011

Resolutions Reviewed

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in About Me, Photography, Pottery, Teaching | 2 comments

As a true Resolutionist, I couldn’t let the end of June pass without a status review of my 2011 resolutions (it is a neurotic burden).  June is the half-way mark after all.   So here it is: Better Pots – The general focus for 2011 is practice and refinement.  The shows that we have planned are providing plenty of opportunity for me to be purposeful and mindful when I make pots.  I feel like I have so many pots to make, so I make the same pot multiple times with the same surface treatment.  It gives me lots of opportunity to refine and tweak things.  I am having a lot of fun because I have a...

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Weekend Retreat

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in About Me, Sous-potter | 1 comment

My friend came for the weekend.  As Jeff was away and Julie went out of town, I thought it would be fun to have a retreat weekend.  I invited her and her dog on the condition that it would be a work retreat.  She oil paints and I have a lot of pottery to make.  And, I am a sucker for a theme – so declaring a Retreat Weekend felt like a good idea. It was fun; and, Braum had a blast playing with his friend – it was dog-wrestling mania all weekend long.  We took a walk, drank coffee, had snacks, and even watched a movie (How to Train Your Dragon – which was really cute).  And, we both...

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Potter’s Tool Kit – Studio Tools

Posted by on Jun 25, 2011 in About Me, Review, Tools | 0 comments

Acquiring tools will not make better pots - practicing with them will. Every potter has a set of core tools – tools that she uses consistently in her tool kit.  But, there are also some tools that are too large to fit in most portable kits.  These are the studio tools.  Even when I didn’t have my own studio, I owned several studio tools because the art centers didn’t supply them. Tile Bat Tile Bat System – This is a great and affordable alternative to plastic and plaster bats.  I ordered it from Pottery Supply House; it comes with one tile so I purchased an additional box...

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Having a Partner

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in A Bit Off Center, About Me, Parnter, Teaching | 2 comments

Julie and I met at a community art center while taking pottery classes; and, in 2008, we started working together.  Working with a partner has been great because I have made more pottery, tried more glazes, attended a lot of workshops, and started selling in stores and shows.  By partnering with Julie, I have gone further in ceramics in a shorter time because she pushes me more than I would push myself – if left to my own devices I would lie on the couch for a large portion of my life. Julie is kind, direct, honest, hard working, high energy, driven, and generous.  She is also brave – she...

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Show Season

Posted by on Jun 18, 2011 in About Me, Craft Show, Multiples, Selling Pottery, Teabowl, Wine Coaster | 2 comments

Big news… A Bit Off Center has been accepted into the Autumn Leaves Festival which is a HUGE craft show and festival in Mt. Airy, NC.  This is exciting and a bit intimidating. Shows are to potters as races are to runners.  Runners run; but, they are most focused when there is a 5k on the horizon.  This is what preparing for shows feels to me.  I plan inventory goals and then start to throw and glaze until the big day.  Or, in the case of Autumn Leaves Festival, I throw and glaze until the big 3 day weekend. If we are accepted into all the shows that we have applied to, then this will...

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