"The chief source of art is man's pleasure in his daily work, which expresses itself and is embodied in that art itself."
William Morris (1834-1896)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Half Half

Glazing Day

Nice Firing!

December is one of those months that we find ourselves with one foot in and one foot out. Finishing up orders for galleries needing to fill their selves and for people buying gifts, we spend some time in the studio.

The other half of the time, we spent visiting friends and fixing up our home. This year Bailey Pottery and Equipment put on a Xmas spread worth going to.... especially since Steve won the door prize!!

Hope you too are enjoying the holiday festivities....

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bowls of Plenty:

now to fill them!!

Have a great day all!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Latest firing goes well

Having experienced some  humility from losing half of our last firing, we were relieved to see this one come through perfectly.  Just a pinch of salt, a little sugar, more liquid and a little less time in the oven did it fine!
Completing some orders for the holidays

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Two October firings

 Here are just a few photos of the last two kiln loads. We actually lost some pieces because of a thermocouple malfunction. Sad because the glaze was gorgeous.... it just ran onto the shelf......
Saved some but lost others. The ones that survived look beautiful. Reminded me of our days reduction gas firing to Cone 10 in our Minnesota Flattop car kiln. Those days you never knew what you'd find when you opened the kiln the next day. Electric firings are much more controllable.... unless of course, the machine breaks!
Hammer and chiseling the bottom pots off the shelves... bummer!
Still, what made it looked beautiful!!

 Second firing did better. We happily greeted the trees, callas and Irises.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Success at the 2012 Saugerties Artists Tour

 With this year's tour of our studio amongst 39 others done, I thought I'd share some photos with you.

After much preparation, we opened to the public and they came!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Come on over this weekend!

We have a lot of catch up to do with all of you! Make it easier on us by just coming on over this weekend!! We'd love to have you!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

This last firing before we leave came out well. Let's see if I can figure out how to blog while traveling. If not, check us out on Facebook for updates. And if you are near Des Moines, Iowa come see us at the fair next weekend..... So long....

Friday, June 15, 2012

Three Firings Running

With our departure pending, here is a quick look at three firings. Our last one is going on now. It will be tough to get everything into the car. We are headed for the Des Moines Arts Festival June 22-24, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver July 5-8 and the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original July 18-21....big plans!

A Visual Feast of Landscapes 2012

 At long last, the landscapes are finished with exception of the large bowl which is in the firing now.
Here are the results!!

I am pleased......... these are so much fun to make and of course, it has something to do with the fact that I don't make them very often and they are very individual designs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Getting Ready

We are getting ready for THE big trip this year. We have never ever done three consecutive art fairs on the road. Why we are attempting this feat in 2012 is because times have changed. Have you noticed? Since the economic meltdown, the small galleries have not returned therefore our wholesale business has gone south and not just for us... for all craftspeople. The result is that more and more high quality crafts are showing up at retail shows. That's good news for you but it throws us into a competitive spin.
And spinning we are................. Will we have what you want?