Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Museum of History Summer Craft Market July 6-9

This year the Museum of History is holding a Summer Craft Market in the Grand Hall.  I'll be there from July 6-9, along with other food and craft artisans.  More information here:  http://www.historymuseum.ca/event/summer-market/

Bowls of Beauty

I love seeing how customers are using my pottery.  Obviously these vases went to the home of an avid gardener and flower arranger.  

These pink peonies are called "bowls of beauty"

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Annual studio sale

What a good excuse to clean up the studio and clear out pots!  My annual sale has moved from pre-Christmas to the spring.  In addition to pots fresh out of the kiln, I'll be marking down those that have been sitting on my shelves for too long.  I enjoy opening up my work space to the public once/year.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The New Art Festival

It's almost time for this big Ottawa festival of art.  Just a couple more kiln firings and I'll be ready for this year's edition next week-end!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Guelph Potters Market

Looking forward to the Guelph Potters Market.  I'll be in the company of some very fine potters in a lovely park location.  Looks like there will be about 60 of us there--from young artists to their mentors, including some very well renowned potters.  This show is a great demonstration of what can emerge from dedication to clay and fire!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Buckhorn Spring Craft Show May 20 & 21

The Buckhorn Community Centre, in the town of Buckhorn, north of Peterborough, is the venue for their annual Spring Craft Show.  This will be my first time there--looks like a lovely location--a nice mix of indoor display areas in the community centre and the nearby out buildings.

May 20-21, 10-5 each day

Monday, April 3, 2017

New pots for Originals Spring Craft Sale

This will be my fourth year at the Originals Spring show.  It's been a busy winter restocking shelves and making quite a few new items.  Some were requests from customers, like the vinegar pots, salt cellars and fermenting pots.  What was old is new again!  Nice to see a growing interest in cooking, preserving, slow food processes, etc.  Sharing a thoughtfully prepared meal with family &/or friends is a true pleasure, made all the more pleasurable when served on handmade dishes.

Kombucha or Vinegar Pots

Fermenting pot with disc weights

Fermenting pot--great for sauerkraut or kimchi

Vases with lotus flower motif

Serving platters

Salt cellars

African violet pots--two piece planters for plants that like to be watered from the bottom

Pasta dishes

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Getting ready for 2017 shows

I've been busy in the studio trying to be as productive as possible during these first months of the year before the craft show season begins.  I'm happy to have some orders to work on and am finding time to experiment with some new forms.  As much as I love my backyard studio, during these cold winter months I lament the fact that there's no water out there.  It's so much easier in the summer to use the nearby garden hose and wash out buckets, glaze sieves, etc. outside.  I've learned over the years to make sure I have enough glazes mixed to get me through these few months.  And I try to wait patiently for those first few days that get above freezing when I can get outside to use my spray glaze equipment for those larger pieces which I prefer to spray.

And these are the months when show applications for the summer and fall must be carefully prepared and sent off.  This year I seem to have a few conflicts with longstanding shows, so I'm applying for a few new ones to try to fill the gap.  Fingers crossed that I'll be accepted....you never know, until the jury makes their decision.

In the meantime, I've updated my show list as best I know it now.  Looking forward to a full slate of shows starting in early April with the Originals Spring Show in Ottawa.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy New Year!

The application process for 2017 shows is well underway!  Soon I will post the list of shows where you will be able to find me this year...mostly the same as last year, but perhaps with one or two new ones.  Between shows you can find some of my work at the stores listed, or contact me.