Friday, October 11, 2019

Drying Slowly

In the studio several large pieces are drying slowly. This one is about 17 inches tall. Of course it will dry and fire slightly smaller. After firing I'll be adding some type of embellishment of driftwood, beach stone, or some item that strikes me to this piece and the next two.
I had to close the air vent to be sure it didn't blow on this piece since it's sitting right below it. This isn't the really large one I teased you with previously. This one is only about 12 x 12 inches. These large round pieces are a bit heavy to pick up, but they will dry less heavy. Perhaps I should have put some handles on this and the other larger one. I am not sure what shape handle or what the piece would look like with a handle. Maybe a casserole type of handle where one would put their fingers under a curved shape? Any thoughts?
This one is about 12 inches or so tall. Start to finish as greenware it takes me about 3-4 hours to make one of these pieces. These are definitely labors of love.
 Here are a couple of scallop shaped bowls drying nicely.
I sold out of my sponge holders so I made a few more. One woman wanted one with holes in the bottom but I am reluctant to do that. I usually squeeze out a sponge really well before letting it dry so I don't see the need for drain holes. What do you think?

I'll be at the farmer's market on Saturday morning. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

End of Harvest & Bahamas Bound

 last of the tomato harvest
 last of the shishito harvest
 hardly worth growing these, after a critter topped them
they were stunted, this is all they produced
this vessel is Bahamas bound (about 14 inches tall)
oh you thought I was, I wish
[not all of the Bahamas were devastated by the hurricane]

Thanks for reading and for all  your comments

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Something Big and Under Cover

To keep up with demand I must keep making soap dishes, butter dishes, appetizer trays, sponge holders, ornaments, pendants, etc. To ensure an adequate supply I set a rule for myself that I can't make anything out of the ordinary or what I truly desire to make till I get the easier selling pieces made. You have no idea how difficult this is for me to accomplish. I am often not motivated and reluctant to make the quick selling items which, in turn, keeps me from making what I want to make, which leads to a catch 22 much of the time.
Finally this week I felt I had accomplished making enough of the quicker selling items to delve into a larger piece. Finally I made something big and it's under cover; I hope it drys nicely and meets my expectations. Hint some driftwood might be involved. The piece is about 15 by 15 inches. I have several other pieces in mind; I hope I don't run out of any quick selling items to prevent me from my true passion. I'll be at the farmers market Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Drop in the Bucket

The other day we got half an inch of rain. It was a drop in the bucket but I'll take what we get. The trees in the forest are much happier. Would you believe the basket above is up in a cabinet in my studio. Not sure why I put it there. I may bring it out to sell this next weekend. White rabbit to you all. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.