Friday, October 26, 2012

Decorating pots for the KIln Opening

The kiln is cooling. I'll unload it Friday evening Just in time for this weekends opening October 27th and 28th at the studio on. I thought it would be nice to show you what the pots look like before they go in the kiln and what inspires me.

Wild cherry blossom bowl 

I've spent many, many hours painting and glazing late into the evening. I truly enjoy this part of the process. When I first began making pots I was afraid to touch the surface mastering glazes and form was challenge enough. Over the years though, some twenty now I have developed my own personal style and techniques for surface decoration.

Rabbit bowl

Today I use a combination on slip trailing and hand painting slips and glazes. For me inspiration comes from everywhere. I love old things they have a presence and soul that I can feel. Some of the first pots I felt a strong connection to and fell in  love with were early american redware, the pots of the Edgefield district in South Carolina, and of course North Carolina folk pottery. To this day they are still the foundation of my work. But as time has passed I see inspiration everywhere I look, in my every day surroundings, in nature,  the woods, in my field and the skies swirling clouds. I love textiles patterns, their repetitive nature, texture and warmth. I study many ancient cultures, Pre-columbian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean to name just a few. Though I never know where the next inspiration for my work will come from I do know my eyes are open to the endless possibilities...... you never know when that eureka moment comes along...... 
Apothecary Jars
Slip Trailed Plater

Bever bowl

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Fall Kiln Opening is this weekend!

At the Studio,

Saturday, October 27th 10am-5pm 
Sunday, October 28th 10am-5pm

Then the following weekend will be the first online sale in my new Etsy shop! Take look at the newsletter for more info. 
Online Kiln opening starts at 5pm Friday, November 2nd through Sunday November 4th, Im my Etsy shop. 

See you all soon!

Friday, October 5, 2012

One Amazing Morning

I woke up this morning, to one amazing day in the grove, I was greeted by this beautiful sunrise! I love living here, the people in this little community make the place. But the scenery and mornings like this are the icing on the cake! 

Hope you all had a wonderful and beautiful day wherever you might be in this little world of ours........ The sun rises and greets us all, just at different times place. But it's the same sun. Ever present, liking us all wherever we might be.