weeping cherry tree in Boyd, MD
weeping cherry tree in Boyd, MD

2010 proved to be a year of growth as I developed my style and evolved into a production potter. 


Scan through the year below or check out what I was up to by season by narrowing your search to the right.  --->

 

 

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Wed

10

Nov

2010

a donation to COSC

The Center on Sustainable Communities is having its second annual fundraising party on Thursday, November 11th. Although I was not a part of the event last year, I am very excited for this year's Evergreen. As a new intern for COSC, I am looking forward to seeing what it's all about and how I can get involved with the organization. Last week, I ran around town hanging posters and asking for donations for the event's silent auction. Since a few other art pieces were donated, I figured why not donate something of mine?? So, a set of four tripod doily cups signed with an "LP" will be up for auction later this week. We'll see if anyone likes them enough to bid on them, but all in all--every little bit counts and I'm glad to participate!

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Fri

22

Oct

2010

unload and away we go!

It was a celebration as we unloaded Joy's kiln and instantly saw signs of a beautiful firing. We had a little trouble with the wind during the firing, but all in all, it seemed like we did a pretty good job of keeping the temperature fairly even from top to bottom and front to back.

 

Here are two good-looking plates of mine that we pulled out from the first stack. Each were pressed from leaves or pine needles from Joy and Daniell's property and fired with other plates wadded on top of them. The glazes used are apple ash (left) and yellow salt (right).

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Fri

15

Oct

2010

a quick pitstop

 

 

I'm all done at La Capretta Studio, but before heading home, I'm making a little pit stop at Joy Bridy's in West Virginia to help with her wood firing. Here I am shortly after finishing up the loading process and before heading in for dinner on Wednesday. The firing will start at 4am on Friday and last 'til it lasts on Saturday afternoon/evening. I'm on all the 10-1 shifts, opposite of Joy on all the 1-10 shifts. It's bound to be a blast!

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Thu

30

Sep

2010

3rd Annual Clarke County Studio Tour

 

The Studio Tour has come and gone with great success!! I was very pleased with the number of visitors to the studio and enjoyed the wide range of conversations they brought.

 

It was quite the task to get the studio cleaned up and rearranged, but it was worth it! I had a table filled with little plates and cups, a mini installation of keyholes, two shelves of pots, and a demo table. 

 

Now it's time to pack up and head out to Joy's to help with her firing!!

 

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Mon

20

Sep

2010

the final countdown!

 

The 3rd Annual Clarke County Studio Tour is this weekend! I've been counting down for weeks now, making sure I stay on schedule with production. So far so good as I get ready to load the kiln for the first of two firings this week! It'll be a quick turnaround to unload, glaze, and load again while also getting the studio ready for guests!

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Wed

15

Sep

2010

some interesting results

My first reaction when I opened the kiln was 'oh no!', but I guess that is a pretty typical response for me. I try not to have expectations when glaze testing or trying something new, but sometimes it's unavoidable. So, when I unloaded the kiln, I was feeling a little disappointed with the results. But, I've learned from experience that it is best to just set something aside and then come back to it a few hours or a day later to reassess. Turns out, these glaze tests aren't half bad! 

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Mon

13

Sep

2010

mixing it up... again!

The time has finally come! (It feels like I've been waiting and planning for this round of glaze testing for weeks!) Last time I tested glazes, I did a tri-axial blend of three glazes I already had mixed up (28 tests). This time, I started from scratch--measuring all the glaze ingredients (thank goodness I had help from Kate!!), and added varied amounts of rutile and red iron oxide (39 test!). The whole process was very time consuming, but as far as I can tell, a good learning experience. 

 

Now, it's the waiting game. All the tripod cups and stamped plates are glazed and loaded in the kiln! Hopefully the firing goes well and I'll open the kiln to see beautiful reds and oranges. That would be SUCH a great birthday present!

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Wed

08

Sep

2010

starting to pile up...

 

 

With just a few weeks left, the studio shelves are filling up! There are pieces at every stage of the drying process as well as fresh out of the bisque!

 

Pictured here are coiled keyholes, leaf tiles from a plaster mold I made a few years ago, a vase and a planter.

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Fri

27

Aug

2010

at it again

It's the final count down here at Smith Meadows and I feel like I still have a lot of work to do! I'm hoping to keep busy and to make it through my lengthy 'to-do' list, including gifts, commissions, and items to sell during the Studio Tour. Will I finish it all? Only time will tell...

 

I had so much fun glaze testing last month, that I've decided I should do it again--this time with rutile and red iron oxide. The blues and greens are great, but not entirely my style, so I'm really looking forward to a new set of tests. It won't quite be a tri-axial blend, but I plan on setting up the tests similarly and with different variations again.

 

So, step one: make lots and lots of cups... complete! I went for an even smaller size this time--more of a shot glass or votive candle size--and I think the doilies turned out the best yet so far.

 

The next step is to fill up the kiln and bisque fire. Then, the glaze-mixing-fun begins!

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

making a vase

While processing Nancy's old low fire clays in order to clear out the studio, I've been making planters, vases, leaf tiles, and keyholes. Here's some process shots for a vase made out of the salmon clay.

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Sun

01

Aug

2010

tri-axial blend results

The three corners are the three glazes I blended: Spearmint,  Slate Blue, and Bone (from the book Mastering Cone 6 Glazes). Each of the cups are a slightly different blend of the three, showing off a nice range of blues and greens. 

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Thu

29

Jul

2010

busy bee was me!

I kept very busy these past two weeks, wrapping up a few projects before heading home for a mini vacation. My goal was two bisque firings and two glaze firings and by golly I did it! The list of achievements include free drink chips for my mom's bar in Des Moines, IA, practice wedding gifts for folks in Minnesota, glaze testing on doily cups, more tea bag plates, and slab plates. Check out the new photos in my gallery!!

 

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Mon

05

Jul

2010

i shall come bearing gifts!

I have been asked to make another planter for a wedding gift. The last time I attempted such a task I came up a bit short on the size requested. I threw two on the wheel and I also made two tripod planters much like my doily tripod cups, but bigger--but not quite big enough. So, this time, I'm making slabs and will be building a square planter. This clay is from Joy Bridy and will be fired in her first wood firing in her new kiln in West Virginia!! I'm crossing my fingers that it'll all work out!

 

Oh yeah, and scratching my head, trying to figure out what I will be making for my gift...

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Sat

03

Jul

2010

production production...

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Thu

01

Jul

2010

in order to glaze test...

...one must first make a whole lot of pieces. Here's a whole bunch of mini tripod cups, pressed with doilies--of course! This is the dark brown, Standard #266 clay. Next is the white Little Loafers clay...

 

I placed the cups in this formation to visualize my future testing of three glazes: bone, spearmint, and slate blue. The glazes you see in my gallery are 'text book' glazes--recipes I pulled out of a popular electric kiln firing book. They look great, but they're not really mine. So, I'm going to do a bit of work and see what I come up with!

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Sat

12

Jun

2010

1 down, 53 to go!

I submitted 54 pieces to the Fire House Gallery and Shop in Berryville, VA, just in time for their summer open house. It was great to meet some of the other artists with work in the gallery, including Nancy Bishop, a local potter. 

 

A few of my pieces are here and there throughout the gallery, and I'm told they move things fairly often as pieces get sold and/or to freshen things up (this picture shows one of the shelves under the cash register table with four of my cups and two tea bag plates). While I was at the open house, a couple bought one of my tea bag plates: my first sale! 

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Wed

09

Jun

2010

photo shoot!

In order to bring artwork to the Fire House Gallery and Shop in time for their open house, I was quite the busy bee in the studio. I made work, loaded and bisqued, mixed glazes, glazed, loaded and fired again, as well as helped Joy on her kiln two times, all in about a week.

 

Everything worked SO smooth: the kiln cooled while I was out at Joy's on Monday, Derek's schedule worked to take pictures on Tuesday, and I was able to bring a boxful of work to the gallery on Wednesday before working in the kitchen and going to a concert on Thursday! Pretty amazing if you ask me!

 

As you can see, I was pretty proud of my packaging job:

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Mon

07

Jun

2010

chimney thru the roof!

Kate and I visited Joy's to help build her chimney. She had already built it up to the roof line from below, but waited for help to finish above. We had quite the system going: Kate would schlep bricks from two piles under the kiln shed and up two levels of scaffolding to where I was sitting. We made a pulley system so that I could hoist two bricks at a time (25-30lbs) up to Joy without anyone having to walk on the roof. Joy sat, kneeled, squatted, stood and tiptoed on the roof as the chimney grew. We paused only to reinforce Joy's bench (and a quick snack while we were at it). 280 bricks later, Joy's chimney was finished: 20 feet off the ground AND her goal height!
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Sun

06

Jun

2010

i'm a mixin machine!

 

To get ready for the open house, I had to mix up a few batches of glazes. Here are three, all measured out, ready to be dry mixed and added to water. Then of course mixed again and sieved before my pots could go for a quick dip. We'll see how they turn out!

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