Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Driftwood Sailboats

It's become abundantly clear I may never use all the driftwood I have collected.  I decided to make some driftwood sailboats. Gary and I are collaborating on these seashore inspired sailing vessels. We plan to sell these along with my pottery when the farmer's market starts up again in June.

Almost all the embellishments I used I found in my stash drawer, seashells, rocks and wooden beads.

The driftwood was collected decades ago when I lived in California.

I purchased some fat quarters in various colors for the sails.

I also got a package of various size dowels for the masts. Most of the driftwood sailboats are about twelve to fourteen inches tall except the next one with owls; it's about nine inches tall.

I haven't even made a dent in the driftwood. Back to the studio and stay tuned I have also made some driftwood wind chimes. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mini Cooper Club Visit My Pottery Studio

How many mini coopers can you fit in our driveway? Would you believe ten? I actually think we could have fit a few more if they had parked closer together. Ha. The mini cooper club visited my pottery today. Who knew a car club would love pottery.

The club visit encouraged me to clean my studio and the solarium this week. This enabled me to set up more pottery in the solarium. The kiln is under the sheet but I did uncover it for their visit.

The shelves were full before the club arrived. The greenroom (adjacent) is also full of pottery and some light refreshments I provided for the club. I gave a tour of my studio and I gave a short talk about pottery explorations describing how I make my work.

Here's another photo of the mini cooper's, which traveled here from eight different states. If you are in Blairsville Georgia this weekend you may see the mini coopers traveling around. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Studio Tours

Spring is a perfect time to host tours of your pottery studio. I know it isn't Spring yet but it doesn't hurt to get organized in advance of the Spring rush.

Recently I was contacted by several groups planning to visit this area wanting to tour my studio. Even a Mini Cooper Car Club plans to visit.

I've been busy cleaning up my studio after the holiday rush and rearranging the solarium to accommodate larger groups.

When groups visit I usually give a mini tour of my studio. I always like to have several pieces on display showing various stages of work:  green, bisque, and glazed.

In the room adjacent the studio I have my pottery showroom with work for sale. Work packed for shows sometimes needs too be unpacked to fill shelves.  I serve light refreshments for groups scheduling visits. What type of refreshments do you use for your studio tours? Do you have any recommendations or hints of what to expect. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Amaranth for Breakfast

A few years ago I had some cold cereal that said it was made with amaranth and it was delicious. Since that time it has disappeared. But I saw some amaranth grain at the grocery the other day so I decided to try it as a hot breakfast cereal.

Cooked amaranth has the texture of quinoa and is mild in taste. I added honey and cinnmon to mine. The health benefits of eating amaranth are tremendous. It contains calcium, folate, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and zinc. It is also a complete protein grain and contains lysine which many grains do not. Try it you might like it. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.