Posts made in November, 2011

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in About Me, Firing | 0 comments

Thanksgiving 2011 has come to a conclusion.  And, I have so much that I am thankful for – salvation, my husband, family, friends, my dog, our home, health.   I am also thankful for ceramics.  I love engaging with clay and the ceramic process.  I am also thankful for my studio, wheels, and kiln – all of which are blessings beyond what I could have asked for.  However, like most things, I don’t realize how much I take for granted until something goes awry.  Both Julie and I have L&L kilns – which have been fantastic.  However, my kiln failed a few weeks ago during a bisque load.  The thermocouple died so my sous-potter replaced it and the elements.  All is well again.  But then, Julie’s kiln failed last week during a glaze load.  It was most inconvenient as it occurred prior to the holiday and most of the pots in the load weren’t ours.  After my sous-potter confirmed that we would need a additional parts prior to running it again (a sad disappointment because we were prepared to replace the elements which we had on hand), we  unloaded the kiln and transported everything to my studio.  I have been firing loads since Sunday because my kiln is 1/3 smaller than Julie’s.  So far, all the glaze pots look good (sigh of relief).  There would never be a great time for a kiln to fail, but this time of year is especially inconvenient when we have been making pots for the Christmas show this coming weekend.  Nonetheless, I am thankful for all the enjoyment I get from pottery.                   In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.               I Thessalonians...

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Open House and Studio Sale

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in A Bit Off Center, Shows, Studio | 0 comments

Our first annual Open House and Studio Sale is complete and it was a success.  We really enjoyed visiting with everyone who stopped in.  The weather was so nice that we were able to keep the garage doors open.  And, because we were set up in the garage, we were able to work on glazing some pots as well.  Overall, it was a really great weekend.   Thanks to everyone for all your kind words and continued...

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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 agonizing over the unworthiness of the boxes.  I asked him if he noticed the jars – he said that he did and he thought they were great.  They are great, but they are far from perfect.  Being a very pragmatic person, I realize that none of my pots are ever going to be perfect.  But, that isn’t my ambition and I certainly don’t let it steal the joy of making a present for some one.  Instead of obsessing about how badly my project is going, my mind is filled with thoughts of the recipient and I am excited about the prospect of sharing something I have made with a special person.  Instead of criticizing the work, I take the opportunity to pray for my gift and the person who will receive it.  I believe the attitude with which a gift is made is seen in the...

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Studio work

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in A Bit Off Center | 0 comments

Glaze tests Advent Jars Tea service Zombie...

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What’s new in the studio….

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Sous-potter | 0 comments

There is a new Sous-Potter at Firetower Studio West!  Last week, Julie adopted  a 3-year old shepherd-mix from a rescue group.  Tori is very sweet and is adjusting to her forever-home very well.  Braum and I are excited about our new...

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