Well I’ve finally done it. Thanks to the awesome people at Apotheca Flower Shoppe in Goffstown, I have started to sell my pottery. I have the following pieces up for sale now, with more to come this week.
This week I’ve parted with the raindrop vase, the swirl vase, the fused glass candle holder, the sparrow teabag holder, and the wildflower bowl. I was so excited when Apotheca accepted my work into their amazing shop; it made me feel like I can finally call myself a “local artist”. I have to say I’m proud of myself for fulfilling this goal (I know it’s far from being “fulfilled” – but hey, it’s a start!). I was also a little antsy and slightly sad about it too. It was strange thinking I would never see pieces again that I worked so hard on. I wish I could find out where each piece ends up. I put my twitter handle on each pottery tag I made so I really hope people will let me know if they buy one of my pieces. That would be really cool. If you live near Apotheca Flower Shoppe, definitely check out their local artists’ fair this coming weekend! They have such an awesome shop!
I started pottery classes on a whim at the beginning of July. I am always itching for a creative outlet, and painting wasn’t doing it for me (it can just be so frustrating!). I have never done pottery before (why oh why didn’t I do it in school when it was FREE??), so I signed up for a Monday night class, and I can honestly say I am in love. Working on the wheel is mesmerizing, for one thing. I love the feeling of the slippery clay on the wheel, where every slight movement of the hands creates a different effect. I just learned the process of glazing two weeks ago..what a different form of art! You almost have to relinquish all control, all ideas of what your finished piece will look like- because you just don’t know. Depending on the thickness of the glaze, the amount of stirring you do, the temperature of the kiln, the oxygen the glazed piece is exposed to.. all of these factors (among numerous other things!) can completely change the finished look of the piece. It’s fun, the long waits between each firing, and then completely thrilling to see how the pieces come out of the final firing. Yes, I am really loving pottery.
A carved bowl is in the works, this one is waiting to be glazed. I plan to do a lot more free hand carving- I love how this looks, and can’t wait to see how the carving reacts to the glaze.
These are some of my miniature pots that I am obsessed with making, they are just so cute! And they shrink even more when fired- they are going to be tiny in the end!
Just some of the many glaze options for the gas kiln. I love the earthy tones the gas kiln produces.
I just glazed this carved bowl last week. I am hoping the glaze will pool into the indentations and create a great effect.
My two first-ever pottery pieces completed! The pot in the back was an experiment with routille purple glaze- one never knows how it will turn out. And the piece in the foreground is a little side dish pot, I hand-built the handles, I love how they came out!
My signature on the bottom of each pot.
This past Monday’s wheel creation.. not quite sure what this will turn into, but I will post the finished product!
a walk to clear my head
a watercolor painting illustrating the way I see time in my head
a drive through childhood memories
tacky decorations at the high tide
my favorite dessert when I was 12 (not as good as I remembered… but with an ice cream flavor called “blue goo” what did I expect?? Why did I even eat that? hahaha)
the last weekend of June.
I have been sick the last few days, so this post sort of lacks a focus (I’m still feeling pretty lousy). All the same, I did not want these photos and memories to be trapped in my iPhone for months (or forever) as I move on to other topics. These photos represent what the middle of June has been like. This beautiful month which seemed like it was lasting awhile, is now fleeing away quite quickly. I’m trying to hold on to each moment, as I know we probably won’t live in this beautiful place for another June.
A flowering dogwood at the farmer’s market in town.
Our lovely screen porch that has seen much sitting in the past couple weeks.
My first ever pottery creation on the wheel. I started a class last week, I think I’m in love…
There have been plenty of thunderstorms, which leave a wet silence and beautiful mist when they go, interrupted only by the trilling of happy tree frogs.
I’m trying to keep tiny fresh flowers by my bedside all summer long, and trying to drink wine more often – it’s a simple luxury I often forget about
The first “harvest” from our garden! A handful of crisp, yummy lettuce.
I love putting antiques to use! I found this amazing old tin at a local shop. It is now my lunchbox!
It’s quite a pretty present if I do say so myself! I gave this to my sister in law for her graduation last weekend.
The poppies bloomed! One of my favorite flowers. Now I know to admire them outside because the petals fall off of them in a day or two when cut.
So there they are, some bits and pieces of the middle of June. I love capturing all the little things; making them into something special.
It’s been awhile, blog! But I’ve been up to a few things (and someone recently showed me all the various joys of Pinterest, so in my “technology time” I’ve been a bit distracted), the best of which is my studio corner! It’s finally put together! Here are the before pictures:
And here are some in-between pictures(craziness):
I’m so thankful to have a space devoted to creativity in our little house. And very excited to see what comes of it … x C
Sometimes it feels like I have too many interests. Too many books to read. Too many projects. But on a snowy afternoon like this, I love having all these little odds and ends to choose from:
The green scarf is for Ethan. It’s my “sampler” scarf that Tammy at my work is helping me with. She taught me to purl, which has opened up a variety of new patterns and designs for my knitting. The embroidery is a pattern from an old Dutch sampler, I’m doing it in all one color to get the hang of it, but hopefully more colorful embroidery will happen in the future. Although, I’m loving the red on ivory contrast, I can thank @soulemama for her inspiration. Along with all the projects, I am wading through piles of books that I keep compulsively checking out of the library- crewel embroidery, Home Economics (vintage home care- a gift from Morgan), Aesop’s Fables, the Nature Notes and Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, The World of Downton Abbey (season 3 is coming up so soon!!!), the complete poems of e.e. Cummings, and A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar (Library Journal rated it the best historical fiction novel of 2012, so I had to give it a try). Keeping me company amongst all these pursuits is a warm peppermint latte in my favorite mug. Here’s to a snowy Sunday afternoon~ enjoy yours too! x C
Yay yay yay! I went to mom’s tonight and she gave me an antique embroidery set for me to learn and practice on. It actually belonged to Vandy’s grandmother. I have been wanting to do embroidery for so long! Mother is very talented in so many various things; she taught me a few different stitches tonight. I look forward to making many more creations xx C
Our dream house, on paper. Trying to see what furniture will fit. I can’t wait to begin setting our place up, it won’t be long now xx C