Sunday, March 11, 2018

Great Bowls of Fire March 24th

Each year twelve potters each donate 25 soup bowls towards this fun evening which raises money for the Ottawa Food Bank.  The Ottawa Guild of Potters hosts the event and this year they created these funky postcards for each of us.  See them all at ottawa guild of potters

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Keeping an old kiln alive

After 500+ firings of my kiln, I've been saying a little prayer with each firing that it will continue to be the dependable workhorse I've come to rely on.  The truth is, however, that it won't last forever.  In recent months I've had 4 (or was it 5?) failed firings.  First it was the elements--this was the second time they've been replaced on this kiln, and it was definitely due for new ones!  Then it was a relay, then brass connectors, then the other relay, and finally the thermocouples both needed to be replaced.  There aren't too many more parts that can be replaced on this kiln, so hopefully it will perform well in the coming months.  However, I'm starting to think about getting a replacement kiln before this one lets me down.  I used to have two kilns, but the second smaller one had manual controls and was only used for bisque firing as I didn't get the results I was looking for in glaze firing.  Besides, I needed additional storage space more than I needed a second kiln.  It was a good decision at the time.  Soon there may be another big decision to make....but in the meantime, this old kiln is giving me good results once again.  

frayed wires (at bottom) before replacing brass connectors

brand new elements! (and still the old thermocouple)

testing the new elements

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Food for all in 2018

The new year in the studio began by making bowls for the Great Bowls of Fire event, held annually by the Ottawa Guild of Potters at the Glebe Community Centre.  About 12 potters volunteer to make 25 bowls each, and many others donate bowls to make up the 400+ that are needed each year.  I'm once again happily making 25 for this year's event.

Great Bowls of Fire is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank. While details haven't been finalized for this year's event, the idea is that for the price of a ticket, guests can select a handmade bowl (to take home) which is filled with delicious soup made by some of the best restaurants in town, accompanied by fresh breads offered by several excellent bakeries (all donated, of course).  While eating & socializing there is usually musical entertainment as well as a silent auction of ceramic pieces.  It's a very popular event which usually sells out quickly and supports the much needed work of the Ottawa Food Bank. This year it will take place on Saturday, March 24th.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A big thank-you to everyone that came out to the Originals Show this year.  I was happy to have a corner booth which allowed for a bit of extra shelving.  This configuration also allowed for more storage behind the shelving units.  It's always a challenge to figure out how best to use your allotted space at craft shows.  I'm sure there will be some more tweaking to do before next year's show.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Originals Craft Show Dec. 7-17

Last show of the year for me starts on Thursday!  You can find me in Booth 310. Originals always has a great handmade craft selection.  A great way to see what the craft community is up to and to support their creativity.

Fermenting Pots

Who knew that fermenting pots would be so popular?  I just started making them last year at the request of one of my customers and haven't been able to keep them in stock since.  I'm sold out for this year, but will be making more in the new year.

They are great for making sauerkraut & kimchi, and I'm sure many other fermentation recipes.  Recently a customer told me they would work well for making Rum Pot (she used the German name "Rumtopf") and recommended putting rum in the lid gallery instead of water.  I also sold one to someone who plans to use it for herring.  So the possibilities seem endless....

Look for more fermenting pots at my spring shows, or contact me to order one!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fisher Park Christmas Craft Market

Christmas Craft show and Sales . A Wellington West Holiday Tradition. Over 100 vendors. Free Parking and Admission.  250 Holland Ave. Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm.