Isn’t she pretty ?
The Workshop Kickstarter has been an overwhelming success. Thanks SO much to each and every person that has donated so far. We met our goal in less than 48 hours and we’re still chugging along. The funding period ends on December 1, if you haven’t donated yet please consider backing the project.
The increased donations above and beyond our goal gives the Workshop a greater ability to have even more dreams come true. There’s a lot that goes into a studio space. Tables, stools, lighting, shelving, storage cubbies, and all the specialized ceramic equipment. The one I’m geeking out on the most is my life long dream to own a pug mill. Think play dough clay factory, but for clay. This large piece of equipment will be the extra dream equipment I’ll be able to purchace with the added donations to the kickstarter. With this I’ll be able to recycle and reclaim my clay scraps with a powerful tool that will save my hands the energy and effort of clay recycling. Currently I’m wedging my reclaim by hand, a somewhat long and tedious process that exacerbates my hand and arm ailments. Some dream of diamonds, or chocolate, or fancy vacations, this potter dreams of her very own pug mill.
The mug level donation has been the most popular, and the quantity offered sold out quickly. Fear not, I’ve added a few more in the rewards column of the page.
Together we can make mugs = pugs
Please read about my next big endeavor, The Workshop.
I’m headed East toward Rhinebeck, in the car typing this as the miles fly by. It takes two solid days of driving to get from Minnesota to Rhinebeck, New York and I’m fortunate to have many drivers on this trip this year. So, here I am typing, instead of driving through the beautiful state of Pennsylvania.
We Minnesotan’s like to talk weather and this year might go down as the wettest on record. Anecdotally I’ve heard, “It’s a particularly good year for fungi,” more than once this spring and summer. True enough, as their abundance has made them a regular visual in my world, so much so that I put them on my pots. A group of mushrooms is called a troop, and these are troops I like best, colorful and whimsical. The Peterson Guide to Fungi has been in heavy rotation identifying all the new troops sprouting after each rain. My mushrooms bend the rules a bit and are variety of colors and textures, a little departure from my usual technique. While I’ve not seen a tiny hedgehog under a mushroom umbrella at all this year, its a critter that fits well in my design arsenal. In the animal world, they’re probably the most likely knitter, right?
Once again, I’ll be setting up shop in the same location, outside booth 9, 27 A, closest to the 4-H gate. When you look at the map provided by the festival I’m near the rear end of the llama icon indicating the “llama parade gathering area.” Really, I love my job.
Join me for all the beautiful wondrous fun that is Rhinebeck, I brought the troops.
It’s been a bit since I’ve written, so I thought I’d post a short hello and studio goings on, lest you think I’ve fallen into a bucket full of clay. Last weekend I was able to attend the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI. It’s the closest festival to home and I love seeing all the familiar faces and fiber friends. The harbinger of the fall season complete with flocks of migrating geese and crisp sweatery mornings. It’s also the primer to the largest show of the year, New York Sheep and Wool, aka Rhinebeck. As I’ve said in the past, ceramics is a process, and it takes some time to get the studio all primed and running. Those who attend Rhinebeck can send a thank – you to Wi for getting the ball rolling. Now we’re chugging along, getting ready to shift into high overdrive in the few short weeks to Rhinebeck. (I’m currently pretending my calendar doesn’t exist, a childish but effective survival tactic)
Again, I’ve designed a special mug to commemorate this year’s New York Sheep and Wool Festival. (More on that later, but for a little tease- think woods)
As I spend most of my studio time making all the work for the show, I oft neglect to post here, as it is so easily slipped off of my to-do list. I’m going to try and post a bit more frequently in the next few weeks so you can see some of the great things I’ll have available in my booth! I’m especially fond of these floral bowls I’ve been playing with.
As always, if your interested in more of the goings on in the studio, follow me on instagram, as I often take quick photos of my process and post them there.
Please help me bring along the forms and designs you’re most interested in!
Post a comment with your jenniethepotter hopes, I love granting pottery wishes.
I’m not currently in the studio, instead I’m taking a rest, of sorts. I’m finally fulfilling a long time dream to participate in the Des Moines Register Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa, but known as RAGBRAI.
It’s a phenomenal thing to be one of 10,000 riders on roads closed to vehicle traffic. It’s such a great slice of the Midwest with churches and civic organizations welcoming riders in each and every small town. There are kids with water pistols and sprinklers to cool us off. Older folks sitting in the shade waving hello, or the tractor shuttles that bring riders into host town each evening. From breakfast burritos to pickles there’s just about anything you might want from road side stands. It’s a great slice of America, and I’m doing my best to soak it all up, one (or three) pies at a time.
a rack of cups in progress. Yes, my wheel is always this messy.
The studio has been busy since I returned from Maryland getting things ready for a special project. Those pots will be available later this month. I’ll post more about that later.
I’m planning on a very large ready to ship July update, and will be sending out an email to my list this week with details for all the remaining updates of 2016. There will be no online update for June, as I’m going to put all the pots toward the July update. We’ve dubbed it Christmas in July around here.
If you have previous designs or forms you’re especially hoping for, please pop over to my Facebook page or Ravelry group and post your ideas there. We’ll be on the look out for some great ones to put on the studio list!
Coming to Maryland Sheep and Wool? Stop by and visit me at booth D-21 in the Main Exhibition Hall! I have many, many wonderful pots, new designs and some classics too! Be prepared to enter the shark tank…
Blue skies and fleet feet
I’ve decided to change up this month’s update a bit. I’m combining the March and April updates into one update. I’ve had a few requests for a weekend update and so the next update will be Sunday April 3 at 12:00 central. Changing the schedule gives me a little more leeway to get outside and recharge my batteries for my studio time! As a happy potter makes (more) happy pots!
I’m a sucker for a good deadline. Always pulling term papers out in the final hours before a due date or tweaking a project with moments to spare, I like the energy of sucking the marrow of every second I have, it’s almost better than coffee. In that spirit there is always “the last kiln”. Experience has taught me to start this last kiln a little earlier. Hot pots are hard to wrap and tend to melt bubble wrap. So, last night the last kiln was born, allowed to cool, wrapped and boxed. It’s now on the plane with me to California for Stitches West. The box and I are looking forward to seeing green things and liquid water. You can find us in booth 931!