Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holiday Sales

These last couple weeks of November and the first week in December are always busy with Holiday sales and this year is no different.  I've been working like a mad woman (not much of a stretch really) on ornaments and a good selection of mugs for my upcoming holiday events.

First up, this coming Saturday - I'll be in Winona Minnesota for the Winona Art Walk.  It's a fun one day event in downtown Winona.  I'll be at the "Gallery For A Day" in the Guildhall of Wesley United Methodist Church at Main & 6th Street.

Also going on now through December 3rd is my online MUGSTRAVAGANZA sale.  During this sale, the lucky folks on my email list get first dibs on my favorite collection of mugs.  Beginning today, I'm opening this sale up to everyone.  So if handmade mugs are on your holiday gift giving list, be sure to check this sale out.

And my last event of the year is my Holiday Pottery Sale on December 4th & 5th at my studio in Farmington Minnesota.  More information on this sale can be found by clicking HERE.

After all these events, I'm looking forward to a little time with family and friends enjoying holiday traditions before heading back into the studio to start inventory for 2016.  

Enjoy your holidays,

Friday, August 28, 2015

Clay & Glass

I've been having a little fun lately with small slab pieces and glass frit.  Here is the latest result.  

The tray is about 3.5" x 4.5" with a stamped texture and green glass frit on the interior.  The edges were cut with a scalloped pastry cutter. Not sure where I'm ultimately going with these, but they are fun little experiments that fill little spaces in the kiln. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Handbuliding/Raku Class Results

This past weekend was the second session of the two session Beginning Handbuilding/Raku class we held here.  Everybody seemed to have a great time.  There were some really pleasing results, some disappointments and lots of fun.  


Hoping to offer this class again in October. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Two Versions

One of the great benefits of the 100 mug challenge I did earlier this year was a wide variety of mugs for both the wood kiln and the electric kiln.  It's a great opportunity to try similar glaze themes on different styles to see how the designs work on the different shapes.

This glaze is a satin matte black that I've really just started to appreciate.  On its own, it's pretty boring, but with some wax resist patterns and combined with other glazes - I LOVE IT!

I'm looking forward to trying some other patterns with this glaze in my next firing. 

Monday, June 29, 2015


This is my first summer as a fully self employed person.  I'd previously spent many years working full time doing other things while being a potter part time as well.  Beginning as a young teen I worked summers full time while school was out and upon graduation, began a full time job. Working through the summers my entire adult life as well.'s tempting to spend most of this summer like most the others of my life immersed in my work (though now more enjoyable work).  

However, with a great deal of "OMG, I've become a master slacker" guilt, I've taken more time this summer to just enjoy the time rather than work straight through it.  Though still producing a good quantity of pottery and attending a few events, I've been spending more time just enjoying a summer free of work obligation, lunching with friends, watching the daily changes in the garden, reading the Outlander series and so many things I hadn't the time for in a long time.  I put on "real shoes" a few days ago to go to a funeral and realized I'd spent the last several weeks barefoot or in sandals.  Perfect!

Enjoy your summer in whatever way possible.  They are so short, especially here in Minnesota.

Oh...and a subtle vase let's the flowers be the focal point. The earthy woodfired color adds natural beauty without overpowering or distracting.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

So...I've Been Thinking

This is usually the time that my husband, roadie and employee of the year says "Uh oh!"

A few weeks ago I attended a work session/dinner put on by our local art's organization.  We were asked several questions about arts in our community and the results of our discussion would be used to create a performance to be presented at the upcoming Rural Arts and Culture Summit in June.  Liked the idea... but since then have been kicking around some of the discussion topics in my head.  

April 2015 Firing
The one foremost in my thoughts is the question "Do I feel  my community values artists?"  Since my community markets itself as an art destination and community, this was an interesting perspective.  I think those involved in art organizations and economic development for the most part said they felt artists were valued.  However, it seemed  most of the artists in the gathering didn't feel as valued.  And I was right along side them in that feeling.  

New striped design - will need to include more in next firing
Over the next few days follow the dinner, I thought about this question frequently.  Why the divide between how these groups viewed artist's value?  How can that divide be reduced?  But over time, I got to questioning why we think we should be valued?  I get we all want to be valued for what we do, but should artists be valued more than other community segments?  

cups and saucers

I the local plumbers or electricians (or massage therapists, restaurant chefs... any profession) get together over coffee and discuss how they don't feel valued by the community.  It's hard to differentiate between our value and the value of the things we do/create... but I'm talking about our value as an artists, not the value of my art.  I love running water, sewer that flows properly, and power to run all my devices as much as the next person, but is the person who makes that happen valued more than other professions in my community.  Not really and I don't think they get together to discuss it either.

Yellow Salt glaze is so interesting - always looks a little different than the before

Gotta love the orange peel effect on this bottle

So ultimately, what is this need for a perceived community value about?  Being an active, productive member of any community is a value, regardless if you're an artist or plumber.  I think your value is based on what you give to the community, not what you choose to do for a living.  But I'm sure this will continue to be something I think about for quite a while.

Rectangle baker

Figured I'd sneak some photos from my last firing in the mix to keep you reading.  Nobody likes a post with just words.  We all need a little eye candy to keep us going forward.  Have a great summer.

And there is always something in each firing that just doesn't work at all.  Here is a example.

Grinder time - this mug is stuck to the shelf

Thursday, March 19, 2015


A couple weeks ago, I needed a little distraction from my usual thrown work. So I put the slab roller to work and made some little trinket dishes.  The first group of them were fired yesterday with green glass marbles in the stamped impression.  I really like the outcome. 

Also in this firing were several glaze test tiles.  I'm looking to add a couple new glaze colors to my line up and maybe retire a couple colors as well. Haven't really found anything I like so far, so I'll have to keep testing.