Sunday, November 21, 2010

Christmas Shows!!

It's been a busy couple of months getting ready for upcoming shows.  I'm really thankful for the mild fall weather as I've been doing much of my spray glazing outdoors.  It gets pretty nippy when your hands are in and out of water throughout the process.  I look forward to setting up an indoor spray booth in the winter and moving the process inside.

The next 3 week-ends I'll be at various shows in Ottawa.  The first is the Ottawa Guild of Potters fall sale, held at the Hellenic Community Centre Nov. 25-28.  For more info. go to their website  I've been part of the guild off & on for about 25 years now, and am always amazed by the variety of ways that potters personalize their work with clay.  There's always something inspirational.

The following week-end, on Sat. Dec. 4 I'll be at my son's school, Fisher Park/Summit at 250 Holland Ave. for their Christmas Craft Show and Sale.  There will be over 100 vendors there from 9:30 - 3:00 with a really wide variety of crafted items and yummy food.  Last year there was a long line up for some pretty spectacular looking home baking, so get there early if you want the best selection!  Free parking, no admission and they even have a BBQ and refreshments available.

Then on Sat. Dec. 11 I'll be hosting our annual Open House, a festive event with invited guests, artist Janet Bell and photographer Peter Farris-Manning.  The 3 of us have exhibited together for quite a few years now.  It's always great to see the new works they have created and I will have lots of pottery available.  I'll post an invitation at a later date with some images and more details.

In the meantime, I thought I'd post a few images of some of the new things I've been working on.  First are some landscape platters in a variety of sizes.

I've tried overlapping glazes on some of the larger serving bowls, getting gradations of colour, similar to the kind of effect a watercolour artist may achieve.  Here are a few:
I have quite a few $10 and under items too, for stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, little hostess gifts.....

Egg cups are new this year.  The eggs are clay as well, made by a Quebec potter; fun, aren't they?